A Battle Wound and Armadillo 5k
Friday: .25m swim w/ rests, 15m bike @ 16mph, 4m run @ 7:24 pace on trail
Saturday: 1m warm up, 5k race, 2m cool down
I did another brick workout Friday, but decided to make it like a mock triathlon and swim before. I was in the Y pool by 8:30AM and swam a total of a quarter mile (the distance of the swim at Cocoa Beach) with several breaks throughout. The weather Friday was cold (50 degrees), windy and overcast. I almost didn’t swim- thank goodness the pool is heated 🙂 It also helped that I was meeting up with YKristin. We shared a lane and I was worried I was going to run into her a few times, so I stayed close to the lane and look what happened…
I smacked my hand into the lane divider! It was SO red when I got out of the pool. I finished up around 8:55, showered off, changed, ate an English muffin and met the gang for my second brick ride.
The windy weather was brutal, but we managed to keep a 16mph pace. I know that’s pedestrian to the bikers out there, but I was happy! Then I hopped off the bike and ran 4 miles at a 7:24 pace. I wasn’t pushing the pace at all! I was so surprised to see that was my pace. When doing an easy run at home, I usually keep the pace between 8-8:30, so 7:24 after swimming and biking was not what I was expecting… but I’ll take it!
YKristin kept asking me to run a local 5k Saturday, but after 6 miles and Body Pump on Thursday, the swim/brick Friday, and my total lack of speed work lately (bc of baby making) I was not prepared for a race to say the least. I told her I’d pass on this one. Until about 10:45PM Friday night that is, haha. I decided super last minute to run the next morning. We got up at 5:45AM, I had a cup o’ joe and small bowl of oatmeal and headed out. The race started at 7:30 and we got there with plenty of time to register, find YKristin and run a 1 mile warm up.
The race started right on time, however, they didn’t play the National Anthem, which I thought was weird. The course was really flat, with minimal turns. The weather was gorgeous, sunny, but only 55ish degrees. My plan was to keep a challenging, but not super hard 6:45-50 pace. I was tired at the end for sure, but not completely exhausted like I would be had I RACED it.
YKristin PRed, woo hoo! Her son also ran the 5k. I love kiddo’s running 🙂 I finished up with a time of 20:50, a 6:43 pace and 1st in my age group. I ran a 2 mile cool down before joining the after party and partaking in some pizza, brownies and cinnamon rolls, among other things. It’s so funny how after a marathon I’m not hungry for hours after but after a 5k I eat like I just ran a marathon. Or maybe it’s just because it’s free food, haha. It was the perfect way to start off a relaxing weekend!
Any training battle wounds you want to share?
Are you hungry after races?