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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10k Training: THE MOST AWESOME ACCIDENTAL SPEED WORKOUT EVER!!!




On Saturday, I was going to run long, but I spent so much time farting around in the morning (aka, blogging) that I only had time to do my neighborhood 5 mile run.

Well, it turned into a "progression-ish" run which I am going to count as speed training!


Check out my splits!

Mile 1 - 7:37
Mile 2 - 7:17
Mile 3 - 7:08
Mile 4 - 6:56
Mile 5 - 6:57


This is an average pace of 7:11! Which means, if I can maintain that pace for just another 1.2 miles, I will reach my goal of running a sub 45 minute 10k on October 19th!

This should not have been a good run. It should have been horrible. First of all, the night before, I had a hot sausage, french fries, a donut, and ice cream for dinner. Probably not the most wholesome food to consume if I want my body to perform the way I want it to. Then, I got my period that morning, which means not only was I gassy (sorry to the two dudes that read my blog) but my lower back was hurting like a mother-effer!

All signs were pointing to it being a pretty shitty run. I don't know why it turned out so well. I'm really excited for the 10k as I will eat better, hopeully not have my period, and I will rest for several days beforehand to make sure my legs are fresh.

I guess I should be prepared to have a crappy run soon! That's how it works, right? Sometimes we are surprised by an awesome run and sometimes we are surprised with a crappy run! It all evens out. As long as my crappy run isn't on race day!

If you eat crappy food, does it affect your run? If I eat a lot of it, it does. If I don't overdo it, I'm fine.
Did you ever decide mid run that you were going to do speed work?
When was the last time you had a GREAT run?

14 comments:

  1. I actually had a great long run last Friday when I did 13.1. Still a long way from 26.2, but I'm getting there. There are days when I feel like crap and then I look back at what I may have ate over the past couple of days and its easy to just blame it on the food. ...lol ~M

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    1. I am glad you had an awesome long run! I think food can definitely affect a run, so don't feel bad about that! For me, it's if I OVER eat- whether it's healthy or not, is when I have problems. About two week ago, I ate an entire butternut squash for dinner and I felt horrible the next day lol.

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  2. I usually end up having those really great runs on the most random days - without even trying. Maybe that's the key:)

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  3. That's a fast run! You should have a cool day to run so hopefully that will help you gain a boost too :) My last great pace outside run was in June, I am hoping to fix that soon. I have decided many times last winter to just push after I saw my first few miles in, it's always so cool to check the Garmin when you feel like you are taking it easy and see a great time :)

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    1. It's so hard to run easy in the summer... it's just so hot out! I see you had a good long run recently though. That is good. :)

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  4. Meg, let's get real: You are going to destroy a sub 45. ;)

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    1. Thank you for this comment, I am going to keep it in mind when the going gets tough! No seriously, thank you. :)

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  5. Way to rock that run!!

    I'm with you, I can have a little crappy food just not a lot. I usually let myself have something crappy the night before a long run --- like a steak burrito! YUM! As long as I don't also eat 50 million chips and queso at the same time I'm usually good to go!

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    1. OMG there is nothing like chips and alcohol. That the fastest butt kicking there is.

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  6. Oooh!! I LOVE when runs turn into progression runs and you end up killing it dead without even meaning to. What a confidence booster!

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  7. So a 45 minute 10k is a 7:15 pace. And your casual run was a 7:11 pace? With the last two miles under 7? Just don't go out too fast in the race, and I guarantee a 43:xx finish or better. You have my word on this. Of course, you have no idea who I am...

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  8. Hopefully you will not have a crappy run!
    What an awesome run you had - awesome splits! :)

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