Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another Speed Work Wednesday

So here I am 17 days post marathon...and I'm training for a 5k.

I've never trained specifically for a 5k. EVER.
My legs do not naturally go fast.
5k's make my lungs burn.
I hate to race in the winter.

Yet I've embraced this challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing what my body is capable of with 5k specific training. When I looked up the results from last years Santa Hustle, the times were really slow. Like REALLY SLOW. So I did some research and found out that there were high winds, quite a chill in the air, and it was snowing like crazy.

Great. Just the news I wanted to hear.

I gave up racing during the winter years ago after I ran a 5k mid December of 2005 and my lungs felt like they were going to explode from the cold air. Nonetheless I'm keeping my spirits high for 12/3/11, maybe it'll be one of those freak warm days that happen every once in a while here in Chicago.

Today's workout
12x400's @ current 5k pace 

1:31, 1:27, 1:30, 1:29, 1:34, 1:34, 1:30, 1:28, 1:30, 1:34, 1:30, 1:33

I biked to the track, which is a 5.25 mile trip, did my 400's, and then biked the 5.25 miles back...against the wind. Thought that I wasn't going to make it back on the bike. 400's are hard enough on their own, following them up with what seemed like the longest bike ride ever into the wind was quite the added challenge. My legs now feel like mush.

While my splits are a bit all over the place, today I realized that I like doing track workouts. There is something about the burning sensation that a great speed workout leaves in my legs that I'm loving right now. Maybe training for this 5k will be just what my soul needs this fall.

The map of my workout that garmin gave me is quite humorous. 

Apparently I veered onto LSD and through buildings today???

Still shooting to break 19 minutes, even if it is a blizzard and I will be decked out in Santa gear.

Photo credits Santa Hustle 5k website

Yes that's right folks, each runner is given a Santa hat, Santa beard, and long sleeved Santa drifit shirt. Not sure about the beard...

Did I also fail to mention that there will be a cookie as well as a chocolate aid station along the course? Hopefully those won't be distracting. I'm a girl who loves her cookies and chocolate, it may be kinda tricky to blow past those temptations.


  1. You never slow down!! Literally and figuratively! :) You will totally get that sub 19 and you'll be the cutest, most hard core, little elf of a runner out there.

  2. this race seriously sounds like a BLAST!!!! handing out santa gear!?! ummm best race ever. you are so speedy! your times inspire me :)

  3. hahaha, best race giveaways ever!! love the garmin map :)

  4. Awesome 400s! And I love your garmin map. LOL!

    Man, that santa costume is much cooler than the one they give away an the Santa Sleigh 5K in Arlington Heights (same day)!

  5. I think it's a great idea for you to mix it up and do a goals and new training will probably help you overall! I definitely want to work on my speed and have found it nearly impossible when training long distances for fulls so my next race will be a half, with the goal to MAJORLY PR :) Speedwork is WAY more feasible when you're not running 15 miles at a time!

    PS. you are totally going to beat your hubbs...he's got it comin'!

  6. Lol @ your garmin. I love turning on my gps to walk to work to see what crazy path it will say I did.

    That race looks fun and I was thinking about signing up too- but seriously your research on last years race is giving me second thoughts :)

    Great 400's workout! Something about running fast and out of the comfortzone is so invigorating.

  7. Girl, you're going to be running to fast to stop for chocoate and cookies!! Maybe after you finish you could go back on the course! :) Love the Santa costume!

    I was always afraid of the track until a few months ago. Now, I love it! I really think it's helped me with speed. I haven't seen the difference in the maratho...YET but, def. in my 5k races.

    Good Luck with your training!! You're going to do great!! :)

  8. Lol on the race Santa swag! Hopefully it will not be snowing on race day!

    and lol on your garmin run map!

  9. I love when runs show up like that. Too funny! You'll do great in the 5k. I agree, I like longer races!

  10. Woo woman you are soo super fast and I love your dedication! I know you are going to do so well on race day :)

  11. Okay, I think I am going to have to come out for that race...cookie and chocolate aid stations, DONE and DONE! Girl, GREAT are so speedy! You are my hero for racing in the winter in CHICAGO!

  12. You're gonna kill it B! Make sure you take at least one bearded photo.

  13. hahaha.. i thought you just scribbled on a map when i first saw that!!! and oh yea!! that race is the same series as the one i'm wanting to do in east TN! :) :)

  14. Hahaha I am so excited to see how this goes! There is a santa run here too at the beginning of December that I might do. I'm probably not going to "race" it though. I've done winter races before and was not a huge fan. I will most likely do it for fun. We get a whole santa suit apparently. Pants, too!

  15. I love that Garmin map. Who knew you were running all over the place, huh?
    That santa race is going to be a blast. Well done for taking on another new challenge!

  16. oh my gosh, I just said the other day I could never race in a costume! LOL...I can't wait to hear about this! hoping for that sub 19!

  17. I might have to fly out to Chicago JUST to run this race! A chocolate aid station!?! Yep, would definitely be my slowest 5K to date, but MAN would that be fabulous :)

  18. It cracks me up to see how GPSs calculate distance. No wonder mine always miscalculates distance. I think your 400s are very consistent. Probably same pace all of them. Great work, particularly coming off of a marathon. I am 10 days post marathon and can't imagine running that fast now:) Again, great job!

  19. just found your blog via Ashley @ Redonk Runner's post today. I love that how even though you are FAST, you don't want to settle and continually strive toward improving- inspiring!

  20. Wow! A 5k! How fun. I kind of like 5ks and the fact that they're all guts! It's so intense but fun. I want to die by the last mile but then it's all over so fast. good luck with training!