Monday, October 4, 2010

Virtual Non-Race 10K

Yesterday I participated in James' Virtual non-race. As part of this virtual non-race, you could choose from a 5K, 10K, or 10-miler. I chose to do the 10K.

He called this a non-race just for that reason. There was no racing and no worries about time. The goal was to just get out there and run, remembering why it is we enjoy running in the first place.

When: Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 @ 5pm

This non-race couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me. I haven't done this kind of distance since the 10K in May and didn't know what I would be capable of accomplishing but looking forward to going the distance!

Where: I chose to do it on the treadmill for a few reasons:
1. I wanted to distract myself with some good Sunday football,
2. I wanted to focus on a good run/walk method, and
3. Even though it was 64 degrees outside, it was extremely windy and the wind hurts my ears.

1. To enjoy the run and listen to my body.
2. Stay true to the run/walk method and increase my speed as the run goes on and my body feels strong.

I started this run with a nice 5 minute warm-up walk to get the legs moving. From there, I did a run 3ish/walk 1 minute method at a pretty slow pace (around 12:00 miles). The first 5K of this 10K was done in approximately 37:30 - averaging around 12:05/mile. I was feeling pretty strong when going into the second 5K and decided to pick up the pace a bit. I was able to finish the 2nd 5K in about 34:00 - averaging my pace right around 10:58/mile.

After reaching 6.2 miles, I walked a quarter of a mile to finish off my distance for the day at 6.45 miles.

After Thoughts:
My right groin muscles was starting to feel a bit tight and I knew it was from my form and the fact that my body was not used to lifting my legs for that long. I focused on changing my form a bit and the tightness in the groin subsided a bit.

I thought about goals for the coming year and what I might accomplish come 2011. Obviously these thoughts will be left for a later post.

This was a great run and I am not really sore this morning. It did wipe me out completely and I was able to sleep like a baby last night.

It's a run like this that makes me keep coming back for more... looking forward to my next long run!

I will leave you with a quote that I got in my email this weekend and absolutely loved:

"I think I get used to, even addicted to, the feelings associated with the end of a long training run. I love feeling empty, clean, worn out, starving, and sweat-purged. I love the good ache of muscles that have done me proud. I love the way a cold beer tastes later that afternoon. I love the way my body feels light and sinewy."

~ Kristin Armstrong, Author and runner


Jen said...

Nice work! I love a good workout like that! So great that you were able to go faster in the second half and finish strong!

Wes said...

Negative SPLIT! Me lurves it :-)

Anonymous said...

That was virtually awesome!

Katie A. said...

I love me some negative split runs! Good work girlie! 2011 will be here soon!!!!

Marlene said...

Way to go on the 10K!

My Life said...

Love that quote! I'm so excited to tag along in your marathon training! :)

Unknown said...

Great job. I'm in awe that you can run that far on a treadmill.


Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Non-race I love that idea. Way to work it out!!

Jamie said...

I really like that quote. I was planning on doing something like this on 10/10/10, if everything works out. Great job!

Carly said...

Great job. And I liked the quote too. :-)

Michelle said...

Love the quote!

Great job on the virtual run!

Unknown said...

Great job... I love the non-race idea!

Carly said...

Great job on the virtual run. I like the idea of a non-race.

Kristen said...

Love the quote!

Nice 10k and negative splits! I did a lot of my training runs for my 1/2 run/walk and I have to say there is a lot to be said for that method.

2011 is coming fast!

J said...

I am probably going to start using the treadmill more and more too cause its getting colder outside!! Great job on the 10k!

Jess said...

Sounds like you had a really great run with lots of time for thinking!

Anne said...

Nice job on the non-race, and on a treadmill too. Nice quote. She has an upcoming book on running that should be chock full of other tidbits like it.

Holly said...

LOVE that quote!

Can't wait to hear more about your thoughts for 2011!

Badgergirl said...

Nice job on the run.

And LOVE the quote!