This past Sunday I run another race. Yes, another race. I know, you’re sick of me telling you about another race I did, but this one I am quite perplexed about. I’ll get to it fast.
Basically it didn’t go well and I have no clue why. Other than my legs being dead from the week. But really?
The Start. It’s April. It shouldn’t be 30 degrees at the start! It was though. Luckily, I had the biggest luxury anyone can have at a race start: a gorgeous husband waiting by the corral to take my jacket at the last minute so I don’t freeze not even for a second!
We tried to get our shit together about pace. And given I just had a MASSIVE PR at the NYC Half, I was almost sure I’d PR. HEY, how could I not????
Given that most of my 4 milers are around 28:00 flat (last one was in February in 28:03 and my PR is 28:00) I just have to stay around 7:00 pace and go under it on the last mile.
I get moving and I try to not take off too fast. Mile 1 has a huge climb so you have to be careful. Mile 1 was 7:10. This was amazing, so fast. HM, do I smell a PR?
I keep at it, not letting it go for 1 second. Mile 2: 6:59. WHAT. wow. Great. For some reason, this didn’t scare me as it would have any other day. I then saw Carolina and Christine cheering, yey, at the top of the reservoir!
Mile 3 is when things always fall apart and I end up with a 7:40 mile or something ridiculous. I told myself to take this like a 5K and not let go. Bring it in, not one second of slow, don’t even think about it. I don’t think I’ve ever pushed so hard at a small race (and WHY?). Mile 3 was 7:17, which is quite ok, given what I usually do here. But really, that’s all I had. And I get to see Juan on the road!
I did my best to hold on the last Mile. But, there was no kick. nothing. My legs were lead. Mile 4: 6:46. A disappointing 28:13, which is the slowest I’ve run the 4 miler in a few years. Annoying. And WHY?
well, let me back up because this is ALL I could think about. 4 days before, Wednesday, I did something stooopid. Cross training. Yes, me, don’t judge me.
So, yes, I admit it. I cross-trained!
There was this “IronStrength” workout in the park, quite convenient for me, at 6:30 am which is also perfect. I had heard about this workout, and Dr Jordan Metzl has a DVD and book with these workouts… so I figure there’be no harm in checking it out.
WHAT A MISTAKE
Workout was SO SO SO SO SO SO SO HARD. I must have done about 60% of it and I was barely able to walk that same day. The next day, I looked like in 2008, when I did my first marathon: going down the stairs backwards, yelling when sitting at the toilet, all that CRAZY stuff. OUCHIE.
Saturday, I remember I was coaching and I could barely move (STILL) to show the running drills.
So, maybe it was that?
This is a picture of the workout I took from Dr Metzler’s Instagram… It looks normal but if I told you what he made us do, you’d just cry.
anyway, I almost forgot to wrap up the race…
Finish time: 28:12 Average Pace: 7:03
Previous PR: 28:00 From: April, 2013 (UGH!!!!)
Age Grading: 70.27%
Overall Place: 535 of 6922
Gender Place: 39 of 3426
Age Place: 4 of 433
oh well, we can’t win them all. Still a race that gets me over 70% AG works ok…
what did you race this weekend? how did it go???
I LOVE 4 milers (after the marathon, that’s my favorite distance)! Love them so much that last year I had the bright idea to race this exact race during peak week for the NJ marathon… Needless to say, my legs were DEAD after the first two miles. You live you learn I guess, right? With that said, I think you should look at the entire picture here: your legs gave up on you at mile 3 but, instead of giving up, you regained some strength and ran your last mile in 6:46! a) that’s SO fast b) it shows how much mental strength you have c) it was your fastest mile! Yeah yeah, we know mile 4 is a pretty fast mile for that course, but still: owe it and be proud! Just think about how great you’ll do next time, when you’ll be RESTED 😉
Love 4 milers too! and the few 5 milers!!!! (though i just noticed they made the Achiless 5 miler a 4 miler now, booo).
i am ok with it, I just probably shouldn’t have raced (or at least I should have expected that result…, which i didn’t!!!). but it was still the best tempo ever!
On it girl. Went to November Project this morning. trying to get the rest of my body up to speed!!!
PS: can’t wait to see on Monday on the course!!!
I was running in the cold in that race too. I kind of missed running since the NYC half.
it’s only been 3 weeks… and yes, way too cold for April!
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Keep going, you will get better at it and reap the rewards! Yes, you will feel shredded the first few weeks but will recover better in the future as you adapt!
I went to november project this morning, you’d be so proud!
Awesome, yay! I know it’s really tough in the beginning but I promise it gets better. You will still be sore but not as much, and don’t do it within 3 days of a goal race.
hahaha, I know! Won’t make that mistake again!
definitely doing the IronStrength next Wednesday again. tough but worth it!
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