As the half marathon got closer I was a little worried that I would complete it and then return to my old ways of eating and intermittently exercising. So a couple of weeks before the half I began thinking what I would like to do next. Since winter is coming I decided to register for the Northampton Hot Chocolate 5K. I heard about it last year and it sounds like a lot of fun besides being in one of my favorite towns. Since it is only a short race I have decided to focus on improving my 5K finish time. My goal is to finish in 30 minutes or less. So far my best time for a 5K was 31:09 and that was my first 5K race. I finished my second 5K in 32:07. I was disappointed by this race. I felt like I should have done better.
The two races were more than six months apart. I thought I had improved. The first 5K was run on a cold rainy day on a flat course. The second was run on a 95 degree summer day on a slightly hilly course with no water stations at all. I worked the night before and stood in the heat waiting to start as they pushed back the starting time by almost 30 minutes. I learned a lot from both experiences and I am hoping to use what I have learned while I prepare for my next endeavor.
The rest of October has flown by in the blink of an eye and included a 4 day trip with my little guy last week to visit my Dad in Florida. I have maintained a long run once a week since the half marathon. I plan to start with the speed training tomorrow.
Since I still have my sights on future half marathons I will also continue to adhere to my once a week long run which usually falls on Saturday or Sunday. I hope to include at least one double digit run per month. Today I completed a 10 mile run. It was not one of my best as I worked overnight and didn’t get great rest or nutrition yesterday due to a full schedule of Halloween parties for the little guy. I felt great for the first 6.5 miles and then my legs got really achy. I stopped for a walk and stretch. It did help some and I was able to complete the run in about 2 hours.
This is a tentative schedule of races that I am hoping to do over the next year:
– Northampton Hot Chocolate 5K on December 5, 2010
– Memorial Day Half Marathon or 10K in the Berkshires on May 29, 2011
– If I don’t do the Half in the Berkshires then I will likely do the Lake Placid Half Marathon on June 12, 2011.
– The Providence, RI Rock and Roll Half Marathon on August 7, 2011
I said that I would never run a marathon. Well never say never. I shall eat my words in January 2012 when I make my way to Orlando, FL to run the Disney Marathon!!!