Pre-training week 5 – (Race #3)

I was finally able to get back on track, at least somewhat. Still below my weekly goal, but the runs felt great this week. I was battling a minor cold this week and also I made a trip to SC to visit my mom for Mother’s Day. She’s doing really well, as is my dad so I am very happy about that!

One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about- why I have been drawn to distance running. I still don’t know exactly why, but I think that it has something to do with the fact that when you run a race, you are literally forced to put one foot in front of the other, no matter what. I think that it is a metaphorical link to who I am or the mentality that I want to have, that as long as you keep going, keep putting that foot in front of the other, you can get past your tough times and accomplish something you think might not be possible. I also like the idea that when you run a race, you are both simultaneously all alone and all together with a larger community. No one can run the actual steps that you physically need to run–you do that all on your own–but also there are times that you can’t go on without the cheers and assistance of others.

Anyway, here are the stats for this week: 8.63 miles. This is short of my 10.25 mile goal, which is still fine I think. I’ll aim to do 10.5 next week, even though it means breaking my 10% per week increase rule. I am only ok with this because both runs felt really good, even if I didn’t go for speed at all. I don’t want to make a habit of increasing my mileage too drastically though- I’m pretty sure that caused my stress fracture last time.

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