Spring racing season is over for me after running today’s Bun Run 5k. To that in a moment, but let’s call the season a success. The goal was to get faster in the shorter distances this Spring and I did that. Four races, 3 PRs. The lone non-PR race, the Capitol 10,000, was still a good race and a course best for me. Now it’s time to take some time off (1 week, 2 weeks?), before ramping up the mileage for the summer base building.
As for the 5k race today, it was a mixed bag. A PR, but still short of the sub-17. I really thought I was gonna do it, the sub-17, with splits of 5:18 and 5:28 according to the Garmin. But the Garmin miles were 20 meters short of the mile markers, so my true pace was probably a little slower. At mile 3 I was around 16:30 and thought, “there’s no way.” Maybe it was that thought that sabotaged me. Whatever, the final gun showed 17:03. Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised considering my training this last month has been very low key. I think I’m still coasting on residual fitness from the dual marathons of 2009.
The goal for the summer is to run as much as possible, not worrying too much about “training.” Lots of miles, some tempos, threshold runs, fast finish long runs, just running by feel mostly, not overdoing any workouts. From there it’s either the S.A. marathon again in November or Houston in January, depending on where my training and motivation takes me.
I’m on my fourth Linux distro in a month (openSuse is holding up so far). They don’t make it seamless.