The ShamRock N' Roll Run will actually be my first 10k I'll get to run on fresh legs (the only other 10k I've done was the second half of the Iron Turkey run near Ann Arbor in the fall - after a PR 5k). I am looking forward to it, but am not certain how to run it. By that, I mean at what pace should I try to maintain.
I've decided that there will be no "holding back" for the half-marathon the following week. As I haven't developed a "10k pace" I'm thinking that I will run like a 5k and hold the pace for as long as I am able. I feel that my training over the past few weeks has put me in better running shape than I was at the Super 5k in early February and I think I can maintain the pace from that race.
Bronze: Set a new PR (Below 57:30)
Silver: Below 52:00
Gold: Below 50:00
My winter "payoff" race will be the Rock CF (Cystic Fibrosis) Half Marathon race on March 25th. The race will be run on Grosse Ile, an island at the end of the Detroit River leading into Lake Erie and across the way from Canada. The course looks to be pretty flat and, if the weather is good, it should be pretty fast. As of this moment, my goals for the race are as follows:
Bronze: PR Below 2:04:47
Silver: Below 2:00:00
Gold: Below 1:58:00 (9 min/mi pace)
Besides the races themselves, I'm looking forward to meeting Megan and Ryan from watchmegorun.com and Jeff from DetroitRunner.com. Hopefully, I can meet a few other fellow running bloggers and other Michigan runners who read and comment on those blogs.
As for my recent running activities, I had a very good Saturday 10 mile run. It was just about at half marathon pace, even with the hills and the wind. Those kind of runs are confidence building.
I followed that run up with a 2.5 mile "recovery" run on Sunday and a 4 mile run today. The recovery run wasn't really what a recovery run should be. It was "slow", but the terrain was pretty challenging.
Maybe I should have skipped running today, as I wasn't feeling it at all. I planned to do a 10k trial run at about 90% race speed, but it became clear after about a quarter mile that wouldn't happen. About then I made a deal with my legs that I wouldn't work them too hard if they would give me about 4 miles and not become injured or too sore. Apparently, it was a deal so I ran 4 fairly slow miles. I have learned not to worry about a "sub-par" outing or two, especially if they can be easily explained. This was an easy one to explain - tired legs, tired body, full belly, overdressed (should have not worn long sleeves and long pants - winter running habits are hard to shake), etc.
With warmer weather and more daylight (I don't care what the haters say - I friggin' love daylight savings time!), I'm looking forward to a couple evening runs this week (maybe a faster one on Wednesday and a lighter one Friday) to prepare. Then it's time to SHAM Rock N' Roll!
Do you have any upcoming races?
Do you set specific goals, general ranges, or just wing it?
Will you be running either of these races?