Still on the racing circuit: 10/21-27 WRD

I do love me some races in the Fall. This week’s was a 5k. One billed as flat and fast for PRs — yeah, right! The hills weren’t bad, but they were there. I’m getting ahead of myself though.


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing how I’m tackling all the hills and all the races.


And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yin Yoga + Yoga practice for Demo (90 min), 4 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga 60 min (which is actually mostly sitting for Yin), Yoga Demo  (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga Hips (30 min), 3 miles tempoish, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Arms (5 min), Booty (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Hips & Glutes (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)
  • Saturday: Yin Yoga (60 min), Harvest Hustle 5k + 1 mile warmup, 7 mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: ST (30 min)

Mileage: 18 (+2)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Chose the hilly route. Would it help Saturday?

It had to come to an end at some point, right? The nice weather that is. Foggy, drizzly, raw. I had a really good run though. I chose the hilly route outside my neighborhood, the HR cooperated, and despite the hills I had a good pace.

I forgot to take a photo — this was from Monday’s run — it was a beautiful blue sky on Wednesday.

A really nice day to run and actually wish I’d worn a skirt instead of capris! I set out thinking maybe I’d do an easy run with strides, maybe a 5k this weekend, and then thought maybe not the 5k so let’s push it a bit (although I’m back to thinking maybe do the 5k).

Somehow though I’d turned off step tracking so all the steps on the run weren’t tracked. In fact, it was a frustrating tech day all around.

We run through this covered bridge & up the hill every weekend training for Freihofers

First I warmed up up for the 5k, meaning to do .9 mile but somehow spaced out and ended up with 1 mile — which worked out okay since the 5k was just a bit short.

After the 5k I finished off with 7 miles, to round it up to a nice 11 miles — except quite frankly the rest of the run was kind of a death march, starting out slow and just getting slower with each mile. With lots of extra walking towards the end.

I was just so demoralized by how slow I got towards the end that I did run/walk intervals for the last mile. Pushing it when I ran, walking where I felt like it. Fastest mile of the run, which quite frankly isn’t saying much.

Rookie mistake #1: although I actually grabbed some fuel (and had had a snack after the 5k), I didn’t have any electrolytes with me. Maybe that’s why it was so tough? Last week’s long run was so strong.

Rookie mistake #2: Normally when I split a long run into a race and miles afterwards, I drop down my mileage, figuring that during the race I’m really pushing it (which I did). So seriously I probably should have run about 5 miles post race. And had some electrolytes with me.

Well, I got it done. I’m not injured (although one of my toes was bothering me and I worried about a blister, but it’s ok). It was a beautiful day and a good cause.

More nice weather at the rehab

Favorites of the week
Running Buddy J PR’d her half yesterday. The one we ran last year in the Nor’easter. Of course she had beautiful weather. I rarely do, I must be a jinx.

Thankfully I’m not running today — because today it is raining. Most of the week we had really nice weather and I don’t have to go out today, so I’m not complaining.

So you have a favorite time of year to race? 

No matter how long you run, do you find yourself sometimes making a rookie mistake?

Can you believe next weekend we fall back — and Darlene runs her first marathon? 

35 thoughts on “Still on the racing circuit: 10/21-27 WRD

  1. Now you know why I stopped running miles after a race. They always suck.

    Glad I didn’t run that race (even though my student’s hubby and son won it and said it was fast and flat.) My 10 miler was lovely but again it was only 10 and I had company the whole way.

    That’s a switch. You racing and me not. Lol.

    So happy that Jan had great weather. I hope I do too. So far it looks good.

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    1. I hope you do too. Too soon to tell, you know that.

      I have done my extra miles where I do it later in the day, which is probably what I should’ve done yesterday.

      You know the hill in the beginning. Definitely not flat. The rest pretty much is.


      1. Yup. It was there at the half and a few others.

        I used to do what you did all the time. Changed my ways. After my last 10k, I skipped the 8 after. 6 hard miles counts for a long easy run in my book.

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      2. I don’t do it often, I really do prefer to get a long run done as a long run. Most of the time when I have, I’ll race in the morning, then do the rest of my miles in the afternoon. Which is probably what I should’ve done. The dogs would’ve been happier, since they were on their own as we were both out doing stuff.

        But again, finished, not injured, and got to eat my favorite dessert at dinner. 🙂

        I won’t be running this long much longer, I’ll drop back down after Stockcadeathon.


  2. I don’t mind 5ks in the summer, but for long races, I like cooler weather–fall or spring. Sorry that your long run didn’t go so well. I’ve been training fasted but I’ll bring Tailwind on my 15k next weekend. Better safe than sorry!

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  3. Fall is most definitely the best season to race and run in general. That said, I’m not inspired to race, although I do love watching the marathoners achieve their big goals. I’m excited for Darlene! We had that horrible rain yesterday. We got over 2″ but today it’s crystal clear and 60. I’ll take it!

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  4. Fall is such a great racing season…though I hate to think about what’s to come in Minneapolis!

    It’s tough to keep adding miles after a race..I can only slog through a few if I really pushed myself in a race.

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  5. I’m not sure I’ve ever run miles after a race, for just that reason, that it’ll be like when you go out too fast and exhaust yourself, but worse! Our clocks went back this weekend which causes a nice lot of confusion!

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    1. Our clocks will change this weekend. Must make Darlene’s marathon interesting. I’d probably stress over it.

      Most of the time I really do prefer to get all my long miles in on one run, and I don’t like to do it before the race, because if I paid for it, I really want to race!

      Lately I’ve only been able to run a few times a week, though, so it’s harder for me to juggle around the long runs. I could’ve done it in the rain yesterday, of course, but really didn’t want to — I’ll take a slow run/walk in beautiful weather over running in the rain any day! Event though I know I can run in the rain if need be.

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      1. that’s what’s great about technology. I only use the alarm clock on my phone these days. I think most people do too. I’ll be in a hotel anyway. What will bother me is that sunset is 4:50 pm….UGH!!! There’s the stress.

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      2. I don’t think you have to worry about the sunset. I never sleep as well once the time changes. I get up at basically the same time (which means I’m getting up at about 3:30 am) — and it sucks.


  6. Those post-race miles sound really tough! It makes sense that the lack of electrolytes could be part of the reason. And like you said, having raced the 5k made the extra miles tougher. But way to push through and get it done!

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  7. Rookie mistakes? I could write a best-seller. I don’t think I’m cocky or arrogant, but on occasion I do blow off a few of the details & pay for it LOL

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    1. No cookies, LOL! And I only had half the donut.

      I actually hadn’t really planned to eat anything on the run, so I ended up carrying that damn energy ball the entire 7 miles (well, to mile 6 where I finally finished it off).

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  8. Spring and fall are my happy time. I did not miss racing this summer even though we had a moderate summer.
    I’ve realized I can’t do post-race miles. I mentally wind down and want to be done. Sometimes I can’t even make myself run home from the finish and that’s usually about a mile.
    That rain was disgusting yesterday.

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    1. Better to rain last Sunday this coming Sunday, right?

      Usually I don’t do that badly with post race miles — and don’t do it that often, either, as I prefer to do long runs in one piece (although if I ever did a 20 miler, I might have to break it up just due to time on feet).

      Got it done, though.


  9. Early fall is my favorite time to run 🙂 but here in the Netherlands there is always the chance of rain. I’m missing so many races I love right now. Such a bummer.

    we fell back already – so for one week a year you guys are that much closer to me ❤ Excited for Darlene too!

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