Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda...

Today Fred and Jen ran the Pumpkin Chase 5k that I ran last year. I had fun getting around the (short!) course trying to get pictures. It was fun! At the end when the results were posted and they awarded prizes, I realized that my time last year (which put me 3rd in my age group...yeah, small race) would've been good enough for 1st in the age group this year. Sigh...But, Jen grabbed 2nd in the same age group, so go Jen! Fred finished well also, faster than his previous 5k in February. I am SO READY to start my comeback...the 3 mile Bunny Boogie on April 11 (I think). I want to beat last year's pace (7:34, for a 3 mile course) by 45 seconds. I am going to actually TRAIN for this distance. I've never trained for a short race before, just run them kind of as an aside to training for longer distances. So I'll get to the track and do repeats, real speed work. I did some of that on the treadmill last year, but I think I need to get outside this time.

I stopped worrying about not really being able to work out for the next few weeks. I mean, I've taken 2 weeks off before when we've gone on vacation, and never really noticed a change when I got back (other than mental!). Obviously I expect to be starting from scratch anyway in some ways (although Heather didn't seem to miss a step after having her baby!), so what's the difference? I've done NOTHING since Tuesday. I plan to go to yoga tomorrow to stretch things out, especially my back. Just waiting for one more exam Monday to be normal with no changes, and I'll feel better. I hit 32 weeks today, so probably 2 more and then I'll feel comfortable stepping it up again (meaning, walking or elliptical or maybe the core class again) assuming nothing has changed by then.

Oh yeah, and by the way, the reason I don't look so pregnant is just because I wear baggy clothes now. Although we did go to a birthday party last night for a friend who's 16 weeks with twins (she does look more pregnant than I do), and I decided just to go for it an look pregnant. Although strangely, I did that without wearing maternity clothes, just jeans (with the bella band) and a sheer flowy top I love that's kind of tight in the boob area but then just goes out.

Anyone have a 5k training plan they really like?? I know there are a million online, but...

3 comments:

N.D. said...

It's good you are looking ahead to some spring races, I don't have any ideas for 5k plans but sounds like a good plan. I just sprint them till I run out of fuel!! I did the same thing today and I would have won an age group award had I been able to run my normal place, instead I was in the last 50-75 runners, oh man!! So, what kind of arch supports did you get? I think now I remember you talking about the arch pain in your blog. I guess it is normal? It's weird, what's it from?? Nice job taking pics and being a fan today!

IVF Running Mama said...

If you make it to 40 weeks, that would be 10 weeks off, which really isn't so bad. That's less than 3 months. I've taken that off before and within a month was back to my old running mileage. I am in solidarity with you...going into my 3rd week of no running:<

X-Country2 said...

I could never run a 5k to win for the same reason I can't do sucky sprint workouts. Just not motivated like that. :o)