After yesterday’s great run, today was a recovery day! Nothing hurt, but my body definitely felt tired.
My goal was to run 3.1 between 9:30 and 10:00 and I did exactly what I wanted, it helped that the wind was blowing a steady 15 mph out of the north for half of the run to keep me slower ;-).
The knees were a little grumpy about getting out there after a 3.5 mile walk down-back, but seemed to come around after a couple of miles, but there wasn’t a lot of speed in them either.
The biggest thing that I thought about during the run was what I wanted out of my 5K race on Saturday – do I?
- race it hard and wear my old Nike Air Flo’s and try for a sub 23:00
- run it faster than normal, wear my Newtons and go for sub 24:00
- run to enjoy the race and finish 24:00 to 26:00
Now I haven’t really done any speed work and just have focused on getting my mileage base in. Therefore, I am not in race or even real fast pace shape right now.
If I wear the Air Flo, I know that I will try to go too fast and race beyond my present conditioning, which probably is not in my best interests at this point of the season. Trying to run a 7:00 to 7:30 pace now would only result in me injuring something, so option 1 is out and I will leave the Air Flo’s at home.
Running a little faster than normal is what I finally decided on and just go with how I feel that morning, I am not going to push super hard and plan to use it as a good tempo workout. If I break 25:00 I would be happy, if I break 24:00 that will be gravy and anything faster than that would be totally unexpected and means that I had tailwind the whole way :-).