I mentioned recently that I was finding running really hard. I was feeling bogged down by the late summer heat combined with the stress of moving. I knew I was not running well and my heart wasn’t in it. Looking for something to force me back into my comfortable running pace and distance, I challenged myself to run a 10k race every week of November. This was either going to be the dumbest thing I’ve done or the smartest. Let’s take a look at my 10K November.
This was a tough one! It was hot and it was hilly and even this Super Girl had a tough time. I had to walk for a few minutes up one of the hills. I was completely wiped out the rest of day and had some pretty sore hamstrings. How was I in such bad running shape?
Run For The Parks 10K
Perfect weather and a flat course through DC. I felt better than I have in months and was able to really pick up my pace quite a bit from the week before. This was the best race of the 4 for me. Starting to feel like my old self again. No post race soreness at all and lots of energy.
Veteran’s Day 10K
5 days later took on this half trail half hilly road race. Having done this course before, I knew it was not a speedy course but I felt pretty good. No soreness at all and was much less tired.
Thanksgiving Turkey Chase 10K
Unfortunately, I developed some kind of weird cough a few days before and almost bailed that morning. I sucked it up and made it through in better shape than I had expected. Kept a consistent pace and finished strong. Great way to start Thanksgiving Day!
In essence, I used the 10K’s as speed work. Had I just gone out and run 6 miles on my own I know I would not have pushed myself the same way. Although I have not gotten all of my speed back yet, I do see lots of improvement in pace and recovery.
I have gotten my 6 mile base back! I like to keep a 6 mile base in the winter when I am not really training for anything and then ramp up for spring races.
Although I don’t weigh myself at all anymore, I feel like I am in better shape and my clothes are fitting a little better.
I would not recommend this strategy for everyone but my 10K November did help me get my running mojo back when I really needed it most.
Ever raced 4 weeks in row? What’s next on your race schedule?
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