Friday, June 1, 2012

Some Firsts (Mini Race Report)

For the first time in the 3 years of her little life, we left Emily with a babysitter not related to us. A bold and liberating move for us. Not that we haven’t wanted to in the past, but it was only recently that we found someone nearby we feel comfortable leaving her with.

The Dave Matthews concert at Lakewood Amphitheater was the special occasion warranting a babysitter on a Tuesday night. The show was great, but Wednesday morning wasn’t kind to us. Come on Dave, don’t you know we’re too old to be out that late on a week night?

We thought it was the late night out at first, but soon realized it was more than that. By mid-day Mr. B and Emily both had 100+ degree fevers, body aches, sore throats.

Somehow I managed to avoid getting whatever they had (or maybe I was the one who gave it to them since I was feeling so run-down the week before?).

This is a rare sight. Seriously, too much stuff to get done...
Well anyway, that killed out plans for going anywhere Memorial Day weekend. With nothing on the agenda, I got the itch on Friday to see if there were any Memorial Day races in the area. Turned out there would be one taking place in the shopping center right next to my gym the next morning . I was already planning to go to the 9:15 spin class, so obviously it was meant to be :)

It was a small race of about 300 runners, and I had a comfortable lead over the other women after the first mile. My official chip time was 21:05, so no land-speed records were broken here.

Small and subtle

But that is a respectable 5k time for me, so I’m going to lump this performance into the “happy” category. Between the rising temps and pollen, I’ve been in such a running slump the past couple months. Hence the lack of running related posts, I haven’t had much to say.

It was reassuring to know I could still bust out a decent (for me) 5k on a whim. Especially because it was 74 degrees, with 93% humidity at the start. I notice a dip in my performance when the temps go above 65 degrees.

Better yet, I didn’t feel like I was running all-out either.

Afterwards I grabbed some water, then kept jogging to stay loose. I ran over to the gym to sign-up for spin class, and then ran another 3 miles while I waited for the awards ceremony to start. By 9:15 I was in class pedaling away, still feeling energized.

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been pouring over running books, websites, and forums to compose a marathon training plan I feel confident sticking to. It’s nice to know I’m not really starting from square one fitness-wise like I’ve believed for the past few weeks.

Anyone else convinced that a few missed workouts or off-paced runs suddenly mean you’re out of shape couch potato?

The rest of my weekend was spent playing nurse at home. Their fevers disappeared by Sunday, but it took a few more days to reach 100%.

How was your holiday? Are you excited for the start of summer? Aside from the heat/humidity I’m looking forward to boating, beaches, BBQ's, everything else!

Do you ever find yourself in a workout slump? How do you overcome out of a negative mindset?


  1. I felt the same way after Dave - minus the actual sickness. I just can't hang like I used to!

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the TableJune 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    That's a great workout day!

    I get into slumps sometimes, but I will usually pop out of it by hitting the gym with a few personal training sessions or trying a new class.

  3. You voiced my concerns exactly! After my half I've found it hard to run further than about 3.5miles and over the past two weeks even 2 miles has been hard for me! I don't know what is going on but I think it must be the weather. I really feel like I'm starting from scratch again which is so frustrating. Out of shape couch potato is definitely how I'd categorize myself even though I workout 5-6 days a week! What is going on?! I think I just need to push myself really hard and accomplish something I feel is noteworthy like a 5miler or 6miler here sometime soon to remind myself I can really do it. I hope you had an awesome weekend and that your hubby and little one are feeling better!

  4. Great job on the 5K! I can't run for a few weeks due to the foot injury, and it SUCKS. Can't wait to actually race again.

  5. Congratulations! I've totally been in kind if a slump during May, but I think now that I've given myself some break time I feel ready to get back at it. At least I did last week, so hope the trend continues!

  6. That is some serious energy! Yes, I fully believe any time off past a day I am practically starting over. It's so easy to slip into bad habits.

    Someday I will do Crossfit! I have a pretty fit friend who does Zumba with me as her warm up to it. She said it'll make you cry, but everyone will think it's sweat. Intense!