I've been getting emails asking if I'm okay because I haven't written, so I thought I'd better write a quick post. I'm fine! Life is just really boring right now, and I don't really have anything to write about. I feel redundant when I post about my running, even though that's what I enjoy writing about the most.
I really need to come up with another goal, and I've been thinking a lot about it. Without a goal, I feel kind of lost--like I'm running a race with no finish line. I'm still not interested in any distances longer than a 10K, so I was thinking of setting a 5K goal for the fall. My current PR is 24:51, but I think I am capable of running about 23:45 right now.
So, I was thinking I may try to aim for sub-23:00 in the fall. It sounds totally crazy! But so did a 10K PR last year, when I set the goal, and I did it.
When I plugged in my recent 10K time into the McMillan calculator, I got these predicted race times:
(These are the race time equivalents based on my 10K time.) The half-marathon time prediction is 1:49:21, which is tempting to try! A sub-1:50 goal was on my radar for a couple of years after I ran my PR race of 1:52. But I really don't want to run any halfs in the foreseeable future, so that goal is out. But seeing these predictions makes me think that if I work on it, I could probably run a sub-23:00 5K in the fall.
Anyway, I did speed work today, same workout as last week: 10 x 45 sec. It went much smoother now that my heart rate monitor is working! I ran a 10-minute warm-up, and then did the 45-second intervals. Between intervals, I walked slowly to bring my heart rate down to 136 bpm. Once it hit 136, then the next interval would start.
It's interesting to see that the further I got into the workout, the longer it took to recover from each interval.
One of the things I really like about doing the same workout periodically is to see the improvement very clearly. My splits were a little more even than last week:
Last week, I mentioned how cool it would be to see an interval in the 5:00's, and today, my last interval was a 6:01 pace--so close! (Keep in mind, these are just 45-second intervals, so they're only about 200 meters long.)
Other than the running stuff, my week has been pretty terrible as far as my motivation. I'll write more about it tomorrow on my Wednesday Weigh-in post (spoiler--the scale will most likely show a gain this week). I haven't binged, but this whole week I've felt totally unmotivated to get anything done, and it has made me realize that I need to set a new running goal. It was my 10K goal that kept me focused all winter, and like I said, I feel kind of lost without a goal right now.
Anyway, I'm here, I'm alive, everything is fine :) I'll write more tomorrow!