Peace, Love, and 5k Recap

>I decided to run my second 5k in Benton today.  I am mad at myself.

First of all, I took the whole week of Spring Break off from running.  Which wouldn’t be so bad, but last week I ran extra hard and did a really hard CrossFit work out on Wednesday.  Needless to say I was icing my legs last night because I was still sore.  Whoops.  I ate about a million grams of protein Thursday and Friday to recover, but nothing is better than pure rest.

Second of all, I didn’t even glance at the race route.  I have learned a valuable lesson from this.  I had no idea when to shift gears.  I just ran normal until I realized the race was almost over.  I turned a corner and I saw the finish line and was like, “oh crap, I better start running.”  I finished the race in exactly 28 minutes, but I wasn’t even out of breath.  I could have done a lot better.

Anyway, I will do better for my next race.  I am actually going to train for reals.  I am using the SmartCoach at RunnersWorld.com, so I will tell you how it goes.

The only thing I don’t like about the SmartCoach, is that my easy runs are at a ridiculously slow pace of 11:15 per mile.  I don’t feel comfortable running that slow.  It makes my legs hurt. Weird I know, but I naturally run a 10 minute mile and if I run slower it fatigues me more.

There was a man there taking pictures, but I really don’t want to see how bad I jiggle, so I will stay away from those 🙂

What do you think?