Monthly Archives: April 2009

5k Fridays: Race Four

I told you I’d run slower this week. I kept my word this time. :-)
Actually, I just realized (or more accurately, it was pointed out to me by a friend) that the mile splits that were being posted were for gun time not net time. So I’ve actually been running a few seconds faster per mile than I had thought.
I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be able to beat last week’s time this week, but I was pretty close. I was ten seconds off pace for the first mile and overall, and I walked an extra minute this week (I think).
But, more importantly, the insoles I bought for my shoes seem to have done the trick. This was my first pain free run in… well, in over a year to tell the truth. And all it took was a few millimeters of foam. Huh. Now don’t I feel like an idiot. It’s another one of those “why didn’t I do this sooner?” things that make me feel like I wasted a chunk of my life. Oh well, at least I seemed to have figured it out… hopefully it continues to solve my problem.
Okay, time to hit the gym, go to the library, continue to do some wardrobe revamping, and then head up to Baltimore for a baseball game. I love Camden. They even have funnel cake. :-)
Distance: 5k (3.1 miles)
Time: 33:07
Pace: 10:40/mile

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5K Fridays: Race Three

Okay, this is getting ridiculous. I managed to better my time again. This time, I ran it in 32:44 — more than a minute faster than the last race. I ran the first mile in 9:40, which included walking for one minute. There were even more people this week than last (just about 500) and the group went out fast. It didn’t feel as fast as it was though. I was really shocked when I saw that I finished that first mile so quickly. I felt more comfortable about taking a one minute walking break every five minutes after that.
My left calf was a little tight before the race started, but loosened up while I was running. I made sure to cool down and stretch once the race was over, but my calf started hurting. Then the next day, my ankle felt a little tight too. Obviously, something has been wrong with my left leg for over a year now. I’ve been contemplating going to see an orthopedist or a podiatrist for a while, but with all the time I’ve had to take off work for my dentist appointments (and there are still three more!), I can’t really take off any more time for a non-urgent appointment. But it seemed like every time I fixed one problem with my leg, another popped up.
Then Sunday night, as I was standing there, barefoot, on the bathroom tile, looking at my feet, it was as though a lightbulb suddenly went on. My left foot looked… off. Flat. Crooked. Like it had eleven years ago when I had all sorts of problems with my left knee. Problems that all stemmed from a fallen arch.
Really, the only though that came to mind right then was… DUH!
So, yesterday I spent some time researching recommended insoles to correct fallen arches. After work, I stopped by my local running store and purchased some Superfeet. (I must add right here that I love, love, love knowledgeable salespeople. Seriously, they answered all my questions in deciding which pair to get without skipping a beat.) I slipped my new Superfeet insoles into my sneakers last night before hitting the gym and it was plainly obvious that the arch of my left foot had fallen. I couldn’t feel the right insole at all, but could definitely feel the left one. In a good way (I hope).
Anyway, that’s the latest in the saga of my leg injuries… hopefully I’ve found the actual source of the problem and a way to correct it. It would be so nice to finally stop dealing with these various leg injuries.
Distance: 5k (3. miles)
Time: 32:44
Pace: 10:32/mile

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5K Fridays: Race Two

The rain actually held off until late last night and the race went off as planned. It was about 70 degrees out, and surprisingly not that humid considering the rain that was about to come. There were definitely more people this week than last week — about 430 as compared to 340.
I somehow managed to beat my time from last week. (And my timing chip worked this time, too. Apparently you need to have the chip on the top of your shoe, not the side. Hey, maybe try putting that on the instructions instead of just “tie to shoe.”) Anyway, yes… I bettered my time. At the 2 mile mark, I wasn’t so sure that was going to happen, so I really tried to pick up the pace at the end. I ended up running a 33:46. I’m still getting nervous about my leg, but it seems to be holding up. I know that a lot of people relapse their stress fractures because they do too much too soon, so I am trying to really keep my walk:run ratio even during the week. But come race time, I don’t like to take that many walking breaks. Some are good, because I always run faster after the break than if I just powered straight through, but I couldn’t convince myself to take more than 1-2 minutes of a break at a time yesterday. I could feel my leg at the injury spot, but it wasn’t really pain. I think I am just much more aware of every feeling coming out of that part of my leg now. For a while, I was confusing that with pain, but then I’d remember what it really felt like when it was injured and it is nowhere near that bad. I think this is just my legs in general wondering what this running thing is all about, didn’t we give this up 6 months ago? Not so, my friend, not so.
These races are just totally addicting. I actually emailed my dad yesterday to see if he wanted to run one with me when he is down for my brother’s graduation. If he says yes, then I am up to… get this… SEVEN 5ks in seven weeks.
Distance: 5k (3.1 miles)
Time: 33:46
Pace: 10:52/mile

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5K Fridays: Race One

Last Friday was the first of the five 5K Fridays. Going into the race, I set a goal for myself of 40 minutes. I hadn’t done much running since last fall and am still easing into running so that I don’t relapse my injuries, so it seemed like a decent enough pace to run/walk a 5K. My other goal was to improve my time with each subsequent race.
Well, I think there is a good chance I won’t be able to meet goal #2. The reason is, I kinda blew goal #1 out of the water.
Not that I was fast or anything. In fact, I crossed the finish line with a 78 year old man.** But, I walked a lot less than I had planned, so I ended up keeping a pretty decent pace. I finished with a time of 34:30, which comes out to about an 11:03 mile pace. About 2 minutes faster than my “lofty” goal of 13 minute miles.
I probably ran more than I should, but my leg feels fine. I am going to continue to run/walk about a 50/50 split during the week so I don’t overdo it, but plan on mostly running come Friday. Last race, I ended up running the first mile in 10:40, walking 1:20, running 5, walking 2, running 7, walking 2, running to the end. Hopefully my first mile will be faster this Friday and I’ll still take the occasional 2 minute walking breaks and still be able to beat last Friday’s time.
Distance 5k (3.1 miles)
Time: 34:21
Pace: 11:03/mile
** Good thing the 78-year-old man was running besides me, because my timing chip malfunctioned and I don’t actually show up in the race results. Luckily, I knew the approximate time that I crossed the line and the 78-year-old telling me to “kick it in!” and us “racing” to the finish line was pretty memorable (and adorable), so I could base my finishing time off of him.

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