Last week was a great week for both training and running. As many people know, the Runner’s World Festival in Bethlehem has become one of my favorite weekends. I was lucky enough to be an influencer this year again and came up a day early and got to take a look at Runners World as well as listen to a few seminars. I’ll blog about that more throughout the week though!
|Monday:||Easy 45 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 45 minutes|
|Wednesday:||Easy 90 minutes at Holmdel Park|
|Friday:||20 minutes with RW crew/40 mins PM|
|Saturday:||Runners World 5k: 18:48+7 WU/CD|
|Sunday:||Runners World 13.1+2 CD|
Week 12: 50-54 miles (2 workouts: 5k/13.1)
The easy runs were just that, easy. Friday we ran a shakeout run and were led by Suzanne A (who I’ve come to know well from my job at a local running store, as well as Runners World) and Ryan Hall. The pace was relaxed, and I didn’t bring my Garmin. It was a lot of fun just watching the sunrise over Bethlehem.
Runners World 5k: 18:48
Not my fastest course time, but as I mentioned last week, I didn’t feel as trained as last year. That’s because I wasn’t! It was, however, my highest finish at a Runners World race and I was second in the 5k. You never know who will or won’t show up!
My splits were 6:18, 5:52, 6:01. It accurately reflects the course, and the first mile is hilly, while the second mile has a few downhills. What I am most proud of is my kick, that I ran the last .1 at 5:49 pace. If you followed my blog through the Spring, you know I have the worlds worst kick. I gave up several overall places because I don’t have “it” in the last strides of a race. I’ve been working more on fast finishes which helped and I was second overall.
What else happened during this race? During mile 1: I was passed by none other than Hanna and Ryan Hall. Hanna went on to win but having the US record holder in the marathon pass you in sweatpants is a running moment I’ll never forget. HA!
Runners World 13.1: 1:24.52
I have so much to say about this race but it merits it’s own race recap. I had a great race and was second overall. I was surprised with how “good” I felt after racing a 5k the day before. While I ran faster last year, I was also in better shape.
I actually ran with a pack of about 6 women for nearly 10 miles. It was kind of crazy and cool, as I’ve never done that before.
In all, I’m happy with how everything went last week. I had such a great time at the Runners World Festival and a good week of training.
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