Yesterday I started my Spring and Summer running season.
It had been a month since I last attempted to run. While on business travel to Asheville, I tried to get a run in but failed due to a combination of lack of daylight, familiarity with the area, and lack of sidewalks or shoulders to use.
Previously I had run one run more than five miles this calendar year, and that was just after the first of the year.
Yesterday marked sixty-nine days until the Peachtree Road Race – one of the largest 10k races nationally and the biggest event in the Atlanta running community. I won my lottery place into the race back in March – and with my qualifying time from the Atlanta Half Marathon last Thanksgiving, I’ll start from the “A” group. That places me just behind the Elite seeded and sub-seeded runners.
I’m looking to improve my 10k Personal best (45:07), my Peachtree record (45:43).
I found last fall that despite reducing my mileage, I still maintained and actually improved my times in the Half Marathon. Based on my run Thursday, I can expect similar results this summer.
Thursday’s run took me through the hilly Virginia-Highlands area of Atlanta’s Midtown during the mid-morning – normal traffic levels and traffic lights included. I finished 6.42 miles in 51:29 (just over 8 minutes per mile). That puts me on a similar or better pace to my runs late last summer – after running the Peachtree and several weeks of training.
I’ll probably stay with a lot of weight training for another few weeks – and then start switching in a couple days of running at differing volume and pace to prepare for the race. I’m trying to stay relaxed about accumulating specific distances or anything measurable with running right now.