The weekend following the official St. Valentine’s Day was perfect for my 5K. The weather was beautiful and I was on vacation in warm and sunny Florida! I had spent a few days before the planned date of my event loosening up with longer distance walks, strength sessions, stretching, and foam rolling. Because I was on vacation and could spend nearly as much time as desired to exercise!
This was my first time in 2018 walking rather than running a 5K, so there were more possibilities for a venue. I chose a long, flat, hard-packed-sand beach rather than a road. It was somewhat crowded with other early morning strolling beach-lovers, but not so busy that they interfered with my progress, or I with their enjoyment. Running past other people can be a bit disrupting and intrusive, as the movement can startle them momentarily. It is easier for other walkers to sense someone else walking faster from behind, and provides them with slightly more time to make adjustments, as people tend to do almost by reflex. And I had time to make my own polite adjustments too. So, the beach walk event was ideal.
This effort wasn’t intended to be a 5K race for speed. The preceding several weeks had been spent helping family move and get situated, so I had fallen off the training schedule. There was no benefit now to be gained from pushing hard to reach a certain pace. The reason I had trained with the WALKER plan was to avoid injury. Last March, I ran the second ‘SAINT DAYS’ 10K on snowy, icy roads. It was the start of a knee issue that plagued me until late Fall. I’m still sensing a strength difference in the involved weaker leg.
I will resume workouts on the plan schedule, train to be a bit stronger and faster, and hopefully enjoy a fun St. Patrick’s Day 10K event. EARNING MY FIRST EVENT BIB STICKER for the year on February 17 amped up my excitement for spring, and the rest of 2018!
How was your ‘SAINTS DAYS’ 5K? Consider working to improve some aspect of training for the 10K next month.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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