Published on January 1st, 2014 | by karlyn3
For the third year in a row, my husband and I kicked off the new year by running the 1st Run 5K in Lowell MA. We like this race for a lot of reason:
- The route is relatively flat (although this year seemed more hilly than I remember it!)
- It’s got about 1,500 runners, so it’s big enough for Victor to get some competition and for me to sit comfortably mid-pack and not feel like the slowest runner in the race
- It kicks off the Will Run for Beer Series
- You get a nice hat and gloves that we use regularly on cold runs
- Everyone gets a badass finisher medal that’s in the shape of a wine bottle stopper
- Everyone gets a free beer after the race
My goal for this race was simple: Run the whole way. I’ve been doing a lot of treadmill running lately and I know I need to train on concrete, but I have just been so terrified of it. I’m finally starting to feel like this problem with my calves is under control but the impact of running is less on a treadmill than concrete and I’ve been worried that if I run outside, I’ll just aggravate it. So if I was able to run the whole way, that would mean that I can run outside and it’ll be OK.
And I did! Not only did I run the whole way, but I ran my second fastest 5K ever – second only to the Hollis Fast 5K, which is an entirely downhill race! And I feel pretty confident that if it had been a warmer day, I would have beaten that time. I was having problems breathing throughout the race from the cold, something that sometimes happens to Victor but has never happened to me. so the biggest problem I had in the run. I really couldn’t be happier with the way the day went.
With 109 days left to Boston, I’ve got some work to do. I still need to raise about $7,000 to meet my goal, and I need get myself up to marathon shape. Here’s the plan:
- I really need to start paying closer attention to diet. Running is going reasonably well, but I need to lose weight. So, time to start taking this a bit more seriously and watching what I’m eating. I’m going to experiment with more low carb options, with the exception of before races and long runs.
- I’m going to amp up non-running cardio – I actually feel better about my cardio than I thought I would, but it can be better.
- I’m going to start doing yoga again in the mornings. I think this will not only help my calves, but also help to manage my stress level.
Overall, I feel pretty good with 3 and a half months to go. This is doable.