Can I get a virtual hand clap for Kyle for finishing his 3rd 5k yesterday!
Kyle beat his old PR of 26:32. I'm a little sad about that, because the 26:32 was OUR PR that we set together last year. How rude of him to PR without me! But I guess I will celebrate him and find a 5k we can run together soon.
"I tried to put myself in the middle of the pack to start, so I could pasce myself. However the YMCA team summoned me to the front of the pack with the 7-minute milers. I knew at this time that my original plan to pace myself was gone.
My 1st mile was 7 minutes. This should tell you a lot about the rest of my race. (26 - 7 = 19) Around mile 1.5 I began desperately searching for the mile 2 marker. The speed of the first mile caught up with me as did a severe side cramp. The cramp and the slower pace stayed with me for the rest of the race.
My side hurt so bad that when I tried to stop for water I couldn't even drink it. I have no idea of my time for mile 2. I was pacing with a friend and through mile 2 he said we were on pace for a 22 minute finish. That obviously didn't happen.
The final mile was slow and grueling. I could see the finish and the turn around and I was just trying to get there. I hugged the inside of even the tiniest curve. I tried to finish hard, but the first mile was just too fast. Overall, I'm happy with how I did considering I haven't run a mile in over 6 months."
His pre-race training included his 3 times a week HIT strength training and NO running like he said above. He likes to say that he's proof you, "don't need to run to run". But I think he's just a beast who pushes through.
I didn't get to run with Kyle, because I was announcing. It was fun, however to see him grimace to the finish. Yeah, he was hurting.
One of Kyle's clients, Brandon, a national level swimmer also ran the race. It was his first 5k ever and he finished in 19:54. Pretty impressive, huh!
We had planned on a repeat of last week's Saturday with a Farmer's Market visit and run around "muscle park". I could tell, however that Kyle's legs were tired and I was hungry. So instead I had Kyle drop me off 1 mile from the house and I ran back. I did 4 thirty-second all out sprints in the middle of the mile to kill extra calories. 8:20 mile.
I felt like a looney bin jumping out of the car and running down the street. The things we do for fitness.
Now that Kyle has survived yet another distance running event there is talk amongst the house that Tough Mudder should be considered. There is one in Florida in December. Maybe I can just tell Kyle it's only 3 miles? :)
What do you think of Kyle's training strategy? Should we do Tough Mudder?
Love and inaccurate pacing,
Carissa & Kyle