Phew, what a spring! We took a rather unconventional approach for me racing wise as I really wanted to get out there, race a bunch, and throw caution to the wind. Maybe I threw a little too much caution as fatigue definitely set in just in time for the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k and the SacTown 10 mile. I was honestly exhausted. (hence the absence from blogging for a few weeks) But, you never know until you try! I learned a lot this spring and even came away with 2 new PR’s. The most important thing I learned was that I can mix it up and start faster than usual and still finish the race…even if it is a death march, ha! This spring was all about racing instead of time-trialing, so I tried to take a few more risks in my racing.
Here is how it went down:
Feb 28- Phoenix Half Marathon Win in 1:14:52
March 6- Mountain to Fountain 15k- went out hard- 2nd place and a new PR in 53:03
March 15- Encinitas Road Mile- 4:59!!! I had so much fun and can’t wait to try the mile again. I think I can go even faster. I was SO HAPPY!!!
March 22- Hot Chocolate 15k- ran this for fun in lieu of a workout. Probably the hardest course I have ever run. Win in 55:?
March 29- Shamrock Shuffle 8k in Chicago- 27:48, slower than last year. I went in tired and wished I would have rested up a little more before running this. Our team Sonoran Distance Project came in 4th, so that was awesome! Can’t wait for next year!
April 5- No racing!! Ran 30 minutes fast as part of my long run with my friend JT and was so tired I couldn’t finish the whole thing. Eh. First workout in a long time that I haven’t been able to hit, so I was fine with it. I should know by now to not do workouts around Fiesta Island. For some reason I feel like the pace feels much harder and the air much hotter there. What a headcase! 🙂
April 12- SacTown 10 mile- Went with my friend Jenn. This was my first time in Sacramento and I really liked the city. My A goal was to run under 56:30, my B goal was to place in the top 5. I definitely went out a bit hard (you would think I would learn by now!) and just felt awful from mile 3 on. I still came in 5th… but in 58 minutes. The 10 mile distance is one I don’t quite have a handle on yet.
Now, back in San Diego, I have been doing some nice easy running and have been trying to rest up. Looking ahead, I have a few hill workouts leading up to Bloomsday 12k on May 3rd. I love this race and can’t wait to be back in Spokane! I plan on arriving well rested, fit, and ready to roll!
From there, I am going to target a 5k on the track in June. I have never raced on the track before so I am excited to see what I can do. Then it will be time for marathon training for a fall race! YIPPEE!!