Since it’s been a few weeks since I wrote about running, I thought I’d do a quick check-in on what’s been going on lately. To catch you up to speed: I’m training for the Danville 10K on Saturday, May 28th. Coming off of a PR at the Oakland 5K (24:52; 8:00/mile), I thought that it would be quite reasonable to aim for 8:15-8:20/mile pace at Danville. In the last 7 weeks since Oakland, my training has been all over the place. One big reason: despite coming very close to my PR at the LMJS 10K on 4/24, I took more than a week off in favor of Maui.
Now, I don’t regret that trade off; the vacation was WAY more important to me than my performance at the Danville 10K. However, I might have underestimated how 8 days off would affect my speed. (FWIW, I’m not counting the 1.5 mile run I did in Maui.) The paces of the workouts I’ve done since I’ve been back have been sad. I mean, they weren’t great before, but now it’s like I’m stuck at 8:30-8:40/mile pace and I can’t find a faster gear. I did manage a 2 x 2 mile workout averaging 8:25/mile last week, but I was *dead* at the end of it.
Then, in the theme of life/fun >> training, I went out this past Saturday night for girls’ night out. I had a few too many drinks and stayed up way past my bed time. Do I regret it? No. Did my run suffer for it? Of course!
So I’m definitely recalibrating expectations and aiming to run smart at Danville. I want to start on the conservative side and hopefully speed up — i.e., the opposite of what I did at Lake Merritt. I’m also going to spend the next 10 days getting my mind ready for the fight. I think it’s going to be an “expect the worst but hope for the best” situation. I’m going to try my best; that’s the only thing I can control.
The one thing that looks promising is the weather; I had expected warm temps, but it’s been quite cool lately. I hope writing this down doesn’t jinx it!