Good morning, and happy Monday! Ha. As if Monday could possibly be happy!
This Sunday David and had planned a 10k run as our incredibly effective 1-day training plan for the upcoming Crescent City Classic.
Now a brief word on training. I run pretty casually, so I don't really train. I definitely trained for the Mardi Gras Marathon, and look where that got me! Flippin' nowhere! So training must be a waste of time, right? Just kidding. I'm just not really good about sticking to a training plan and I'm pretty comfortable tooling around at a mediocre pace. I'll build up mileage before a half marathon but I don't work much on speed. I should, I just don't. And for short races I don't do a thang. Shame on me...I do plan on getting better about this though, especially my speed!
So anyway - the "training run" was really for David, who doesn't usually run past 3.5 miles. I wanted him to get a feel for the distance. Now lucky for us, our house is so situated that we have a built-in 10k track: from our corner to Audubon park, around the park once, then a second loop, this time going up around the fly ("long loop"), and back home is exactly 6.2 miles (give or take a stroller/tourist detour or two)! I explained the route to hubby ... several times, because I had to explain the water stops since going up on the fly makes you miss one fountain and another fountain is out of order right now.
So off we went! My goal for this year, given my recent illness and lack of running, is to run under 48 minutes. Honestly I don't think I'll be able to pull this off. I can do it in Audubon park, but the Classic is a notoriously slow race if you aren't starting way up front with the fast people. It has a huge turn out and a lot of walkers, strollers, families, costumes (and there is nothing wrong with that!), beer wagons,and general goofiness. You spend most of the race trying to get to the start and the rest of it going around slow people in front of you. I think it will slow me way down.
I got back to the house in 47:22 (yay - for me that's good!) and was surprised to see the hubby standing on the porch! I called out, "What happened?" and he (rather proudly) cried back, "What do you mean? I'm done already! What happened to you?!" Instincts told me he had forgotten the route. Yep. Seriously, he forgot to do the loop around the park and only did the long loop! That put his total miles at 4.5 - crazy man didn't even realize that he hadn't run the full 6.2 (which I guess is understandable since he never runs that distance) but he also didn't catch on that his 45 minute time could not possibly be for a 10k. He knows he's not that fast! Silly man. After mocking him and his math skills all day I elicited a promise to try again on Wednesday, so we'll get one little run in before the race on Saturday!