Back in October I was up to running about 10 miles per week, and basically running two runs at “as fast I could” speed for up to 4 miles. Every run felt hard, but I wanted to make some progress, and I had no idea how to judge speed while running with a stroller. My trusty Garmin was saying I was running around 9:30s, which felt very difficult (7:30s used to feel easy). At the beginning on November I ran a 10K I ended up somewhere between 50 and 51 minutes. I was thrilled with this time, but was burnt out. I had no desire to keep running the way I was doing it. It was just too much work every day and it wasn’t fun. Plus, my feet were hurting, and the weather was getting nasty. So, I backed off running and maybe logged 10 miles total all of December. January was filled with walking every day at lunch, but still not much running. During this time, I lost a steady 2-3lbs per month, and by the time February came, I was feeling better, and the weather was starting to turn around a bit.
The first week of February I decided to try the training plan for a 10K that I did right before getting pregnant. So I set up the schedule for on my Garmin for an April 27th 10K race. If anyone remembers, I did the entire training cycle on the treadmill with a hope of an under 45 min 10K, and I ran 45:32 in very hot and humid conditions. This time I was going to run the entire plan outside while pushing a stroller (I have a semi-running stroller, and still use the car seat insert so that DD can see me, and I her, the entire time). This set-up, stroller +baby, weighs about 50 pounds, which adds a nice “something extra” to intervals run on a slight incline 😉. My muscles were in a little shock after the first few runs, but it was a nice soreness.
Having easy runs and working hard with specific workouts felt good! The times were not comparable to what I ran on the treadmill, but with pushing the stroller and running hills I could feel strength building! With about 3 weeks left until race day, I could feel the training clicking!! There were even a couple of training runs calling for 10K and 5K paces that I ran faster paces than I did on the treadmill! One of the best parts of the training cycle was the weekend long run. I ran approximately 10 miles four weeks in a row. I would run the first 3-4 miles with DH pushing DD in the stroller and finish the last 6-7 miles on my own. These runs all felt amazing with the best company/distraction for the first part and nice “me time” for the remaining miles!
Training was going well, but I made a calculation mistake. The race I thought was on April 27th was actually on April 7th. Oops, I realized this with about 4 weeks until the actual race day. I continued with the plan, skipping three weeks at the end, but making sure I did the final race week, so that a week of tapering with some little shakeout runs occurred.
I went into the training hoping to better 48min for the 10K, but with those few awesome training runs, I started contemplating the possibility of that 45… So C Goal – 48 minutes (I would be disappointed if I run slower than that), B Goal – Under 47 (I would be happy with this result), and Absolutely ecstatic A Goal – beat 45:32 (my recent pre-pregnancy 10K time).
Race report is written and coming soon!