It seems the Twitter Road Race was a huge success, and I’m really happy to have been a part of it. There was a total of 376 runners that took part in this event from 14 different countries. People every where, from the U.S. to Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, all pounded the pavement yesterday. The results are in, and I am pretty content with how I did!
My time for the 5K was 31:54.
Overall, I was #248 out 0f 376.
Out of all the women who raced, I was #109 out of 202.
In my age group, I was #35 out of 60.
(The overall winner was a man from Iowa who ran the 5K in 16:54!)
So it seems I fell right in the middle in each category, which I’m happy with. I improved my pace down to 9:50/mi. This is important because it shows that I’m getting faster. I’m also becoming more and more consistent in my pace.
Let’s compare, shall we?
So in about 3 weeks, I’ve cut quite a bit off my pace time. I’ve also become more of a steady runner. Being able to look back and see where I’ve been, and where I am today is very motivating to me. I’m so thankful for my Garmin and warm running clothes. Yesterday was so cold and the roads were slippery. I was at my parent’s house and was running on the back roads. Every time a car came, I had to jump into the snow to keep from getting hit. Luckily, they don’t get a lot of traffic!
Another tool that I’m seriously utilizing is MotionTraxx. I’ve mentioned this podcast in another post of mine, but I’m still hooked. I’ve used their 150-160bpm episodes, and I feel they’ve helped me with my breathing, pace and just to keep me going. The music gets my blood pumping, and sometimes I don’t even notice that it’s below freezing and I can’t feel my nose. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend giving it a try.
This week, my mileage increases a little bit.
Monday: 3 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Saturday: 5 miles
I might do some extra non-running exercises like yoga or the elliptical on the off-days. For cross-training, I’m thinking of hitting up the gym to use their stationary bike. I’ve read that it’s a good choice for runners because it mimics the running motion, but without the impact.
Okay, enough about me.
How was your weekend? Anyone get in a workout, or break a sweat? If you got caught in a snow storm, I would say shoveling counts.
- Things Runners Don’t Like to Admit & Things That Make Us Happy (wildthingsrunfree.com)
- Training for Week 15 (runwithchips.wordpress.com)
- Saturday – Speedy Day (5k then 10k) vs Sunday – 14 miles (sustained) (badwabbittails.wordpress.com)