Summer PRs and Reaffirmed Goals

Running fast in the summer is hard. There. That’s my only rant/complaint about the heat. I hate hate hate winter so much that I try not to whine about the summer because I still much prefer it over being cold.

That said, I ran a new 5k PR (finally) on July 4th. 20:03. It’s 24 seconds faster than I’ve done before, but I am so frustrated that I didn’t get under 20.

I've been working on my arm carry, I promise!
I’ve been working on my arm carry, I promise!

It’s my own fault because I had told myself that I was NOT going to look at my watch during the race. I just wanted to focus on running hard and strong the whole time. In hindsight, perhaps looking at my watch to see how close I was in the last half mile or so might have propelled me under the 20 minute mark.

The weather was on our side that morning with much cooler temps than is usual for July in South Carolina. I’m racing again this coming Friday night and it’s likely to be in the 90s at the race start, so even though I’m confident in my fitness, I’m less confident in how the weather pretty much ruins everything (okay, I complained again).

One little running tool I have been loving and slightly obsessing over is the Daniels VDOT calculator. Given my 5k performance, my VDOT is right about a 50. The equivalent marathon performance is about a 3:10…soooo, yeah. There’s my fall marathon goal. My hope is to improve my VDOT by a couple of points in the upcoming months (and improved weather) so that come race day in October, the 3:10 will be very reasonable.

So many numbers!

All in all, the summer has been treating my running pretty well. I’m trying to learn to love ice baths and spending quality time with my foam roller. Drinking my weight (in ounces) of water each day is a fun challenge, and creating new ways to use up our excess of cucumbers from the garden has me SO over anything cucumber flavored for the rest of my life I think. Hopefully I’ll be updating with news of my first ever sub 20 by next week! Until then!

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