12 more days until I run my 5th Half Marathon. Last week went OK..3 days of running on the treadmill, a great 5k race and a long run that was far from great.
This was my week
Mon: 3 miles
Wed: 3 miles
Thu: 5k race: PR!
Sat: 11 miles
Sun: 3 miles recovery
Total: 28 miles
The highlight of that week was my Turkey Trot and the low was my long run. The night before I was unsure of when I should do it; Saturday or Sunday. I was looking at the weather it looked the same both days..maybe more winds on Sunday. I decided to see how I feel in the morning and go from there. I went to bed too late and I ended up having a late start. The sun was out and I left after 8 am, a bit late for me for a LR. I left still not sure that I would do 11 miles, looking for reasons not to do it I think. At mile 4 I made the decision to go for 11 and be done with the LR. Not the best attitude. I told myself just do it and tomorrow it will be just 3. I got dehydrated, did not see it coming. When I realized I was in trouble it was too late. I felt like it was 95 degrees. Of course it was not that hot but it did get pretty warm that day...kids playing outside in shorts warm. I finished the 11 miles and when I got home I took an ice bath. Aouchy. In the shower, I could taste the salty water also my black hat had several white lines on it. Not Good. I ended up feeling like crap for several hours, not able to eat anything and forcing myself to drink Nuun and water even though I felt like puking. I was mad at myself for being so stupid and careless during that run. Because it is not 100 degrees these days I tend to not drink as much during my runs but I now know I need to. I loose a lot of salt no matter what temperature it is, during the summer I was good at taking the salt tablets and lately I have not been taking them. Clearly that is a mistake.
I have not done a lot of speedwork on this training plan, I tried to focus more on hills because this next race will be hard for me. I am nervous about this one because it is my first half since Long Beach and on a hilly course. I have been practicing starting SLOW on my 5-6 miles runs. I noticed that IF I start slower my overall pace is better. In half marathon races I have been TERRIBLE at pacing. I am 0/4 for negative splits. I am 1/4 for strong finish. Work in progress.
At my last race I noticed that a lot of kids were lining up at the 5k start. Not for the kids race, but for the open race. Some of them were really young, some were smaller than Jonathan, my 5 yrs old son. After I finished, I asked Bill my usual questions: Who came in first? What was their time? Was the first woman young? He told me that in the top 10 was a really young kid. I said "Yeah in a stroller?" He said no that he ran! 1342 people ran that 5K and the winner was an 18 yrs old guy who came in 16:22:07. That kid came in 11th overall place with a time of 18:28:07! THAT IS A 5:57 PACE. The first woman came in 22nd overall place. I posted this picture Bill too at the start and the stats of that little boy on my race report post. Look on the left, blue shorts and yellow top.
Someone commented about his performance and wrote: "that is insane". Insane good or insane bad? I agree it is INSANE. I wonder how much he trains. Are his parents pushing him? That kind of time does not come from just pure talent and or being blessed by the Running Gods. Clearly he has talent but he has to be training to be able to run a 5K in 18 minutes 28 seconds at freaking 8 yrs old. That night Bill and I were talking about that boy and wondering what would we do if one of our sons had that kind of athletic talent. Right now, my boys love to participate in the kids race. They have fun doing it. They get a medal and they are happy. They don't train. They don't care about their time. Best of all after each race they ask when is the next one. They both say that when they are a bigger they will do the big races like mommy. I am one of those parent that makes their kids sign up for sports. I don't ask them if they want to sign up or not. I do ask what they would prefer...soccer, basketball, baseball...but they have to pick something. For now, for the kids race I just sign them up and I tell them when they have one. If one day they say that they hate it, I will not sign them up anymore. I want them to be active but I also want them to LIKE being active. At their age it still has to be fun or they will give up. Last thing I want is for them to view physical activity as a punishment or something negative and that when they are teenagers it is no longer a part of lives.
So about that running child prodigy..what are the odds that he will still be running in 10 yrs? That he will love to run in 10 yrs? My wish for him is that he still does.