Opening the Running Season

27 Apr

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.

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