One week before my first running event in over four years and I do not feel ready. Two weeks ago, the weekly group run on Monday evening was a struggle after working all day. The pace for the first couple of kilometers on flat terrain in the park was too fast for me, so when we started on the uphill section that leads to the road through the village my running quickly slowed to a fast walk. I never recovered and completed the distance by jogging and walking. Then on Wednesday I ran with a member from the running club who is quite a bit faster than me and this was a complete disaster. I could only manage to run a couple of minutes at a time, followed by walking. On Friday, I did a practice 5K and each kilometer was slower and tougher than the previous. By the time I hit the 4K mark my legs felt like I was dragging lead weights and I had to walk for a minute before starting again. In the end, I was happy when I finished 5K in just under 34 minutes.
Running with a group is great, but I have to remember to focus on my pace and not on keeping up to the others. Starting out too fast makes the middle and end a struggle.
This past week, the Monday group run was a bit better because I slowed down and concentrated on not going too fast at the start. I only needed a couple of walking breaks and was able to finish running rather than walking. My Wednesday and Friday runs were more or less the same.
Tomorrow our running group is meeting some runners in Miramichi and we will do the 5K course as a practice run for the Miramichi Rock N’ Roll race on Sunday. Tomorrow I am concentrating on a slower pace with fewer walking breaks in preparation for the real race. Then I will do individual training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, rest for two days, and hopefully be ready to reach my time goal of 35 minutes or less on race day.