This week I followed the same pattern of distance and days (i.e. longer certain days, shorter others) while cutting back on the mileage and including a couple of faster sessions.
60 miles in 8 hrs 20 mins in 5 runs
Mon: 7.5 mi flat, easy trail run
Wed: 17 mi rolling trail
Thurs: 11 mi flat with fartleks
Sat: 17 mi rolling trail dragging heavy, giant clobs of mud on my shoes
Sun: 8 mi (3 mi warm up, 5k "race", 2 mi cool down), ran 5k in 19 mins (more below)
The 5k was the Earth Day 5k and I just noticed it on some website this morning and headed over there (CU Research Center). $30 race day entry. I wore a sweet new pair of Under Armor road shoes I got last night at Marshals for $29 (I guess that makes Marshals my sponsor for 2010).
The wind and gusts of wind were atrocious out of the west (easily 15 mph steady with 25mph gusts). We lined up and got under way. My goal was to run it at half marathon pace/effort. I wasn't checking my watch after the first mile split came in at 5:32 because I KNOW I wasn't running that pace. I concentrated on keeping a steady pace and staying loose, which was easy on certain sections of the course and difficult on others (when grinding into the wind). It's a looping course where you sort of overlap what you already ran a couple of times. This leads to other problems like having to dodge walkers who insist on walking five people shoulder to shoulder across the road, while managing to hug the tangent, so you have to swing way out wide to get around them and they're like, "Whoa! scary!" when you pass by, like they're out walking in their own backyard and you're running by naked and jumping their fence. I jogged the last .3 mile or so and two guys almost popped a nut sprinting past me just before the line. Whatever. It was basically a joke of an event and I'm thankful I'm not in any sort of shape to run it competitively or I would've been fairly upset. For $30 I got a bib number, four safety pins, and a cup of water. There was no shirt, no shwag, no times posted and two hours later at the awards ceremony they gave out a $15 certificate to purchase previously used building materials (yay, now I can go get those odd sized 2x4's riddled with nail holes that I've always wanted). For a slow ass 5k like I ran what more can I expect? I usually take it pretty easy on events but this one deserves a smack in the head.
[caption id="attachment_157" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Here's my 5k AG award. Eat your heart out This Old House."][/caption]
Regardless, I got my fast tempo workout and it only cost me 30 bucks. I really like the Under Armor shoes. They feel like a cross between the Nike Vormero and Adidas Super Nova Cush (retail for $109 and I got them for, like I said, $29. And also scored a sweet Fila sleeveless race shirt for $9.99 that I'm wearing for Miwok Saturday - hot stuff!).
Now if I can just keep my sanity my askew version of sanity until Saturday I'll be ok.