Remember that virtual Happy 5K race that I signed up for back in March?
Well, I have “completed” it.
Why the quotations around “completed” you ask?
Well, I am still working on it. . .
I decided to use the race as a way to push myself to work on increasing speed while doing my short 30 minute runs during the week.
Sidebar: I usually run longer on the weekends because there is just more time to get it in. Luckily I have an awesome husband who knows how important running is to me and lets me get in a 30 min run on Tuesday and Thursday in between getting Luke home and dinnertime.
I did really well, doing a 5K twice per week since the day I signed up and increasing my speed each time. My runs were all done on the treadmill so it was pretty easy just to push the up arrow a little more each time.
And then I went to WY. I kept running while on vacation – every day putting in 5 miles in fact, but with the altitude my speed was just gone. . . And then, I came back and instead of being way easier getting back to flat MN, I found myself struggling to run as fast as I was before the trip. So, I took a step back and I have been slowly getting my speed back up there again. So, while yes, I have this nice sparkly medal hanging on my medal holder now
. . . and some cute pink shoelaces to show for doing the race,
am I going to stop? Nope.
I am going to keep working on increasing my speed during my weeknight runs. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I plan to take Luke out in the jogging stroller more. There is a nice 5K loop around the local university here that is perfect for a quick 30 minute or less run before dinner.
I don’t know what my ultimate time goal is. . . and I am not even sure what I am capable of. I just know that I haven’t reached it yet!
Remember the race tag line – “Have a purpose. Push yourself.”
And I am going to keep trying. . . because it makes me happy. And isn’t that what it’s all about???
Do you do speed work?