Next weekend I will be running my first ever 15K race. Last weekend I ran my first 10K, so I am definitely movin’ on up! The 15K will be at Sugarloaf, which is Maine’s premier ski mountain, and my personal favorite place to ski.
Looking ahead to this race, I have to say that I am very nervous. It’s not that I can’t run the mileage, it’s that I’ve never been in a big organized race before. The ones I have run are just little ones around home here in Maine. This one will be my first time mixing with the runners who are way faster than I am. I will be in awe of most of them I’m sure!
Right now I wish I could say that I had a “set” finish time that I am hoping for. Presently, I am still doing the Jeff Galloway method of running with walking segments built in. That has helped tremendously to cut down on my neck pain which seems to be resurfacing a whole lot. I am way stronger in my running and my core strength is coming along too. No more lower back pain when running! I have to give credit to my Coach, Caleb Masland for getting me where I am now. His weekly training plans are such a big help and are keeping me accountable. Gives me something to focus on daily, and I find myself looking forward to each night’s activity.
As of right now, the plan is that I will run 3mins/walk 1 min. Of course, I may not use these at all, but I find that when I do, I run much faster and my breathing is much more even. Lately I have been running my segments in the 10-11 min range, which is way faster than I was a year ago. I even find myself running at a 9min mile every now and then, and I force myself to slow down a bit, as I struggle with endurance on long runs. The nice thing about this course is that there aren't any hills and it's a downhill slope. That will help for sure!
I have to be honest about something though...the one thing that I have yet to really do is to change my diet. I have always been a junk food, lets eat out person, and I have to think that it is hindering my training. I am trying desperately to eat more fruit and less junk, as I really don’t care for vegetables. Most of my runs are around 5pm, before dinner or 6:30pm, just after eating, which I know is not ideal. Because of my work schedule, running in the morning is not an option except for weekends, but I like to sleep in, so …. ;)
This Sunday I will do my weekly long run of 9 miles, then will slow down for the week before the race. The weather is supposed to be crappy this weekend, but I’m hoping for anything less than a downpour to run in. I’m already a bit giddy just thinking about how exciting this race is going to be! I have a handful of friends that are going to be there, between the 15K and the marathon. I hope I will get to see all of them at some point!