Process Running: r001.00 — My First Race
April 10 2018 // Edmonton, AB
It’s official. I’ve signed up for my first race. I’m jumping into a 5K to go sub-twenty for the first time. It’s ultimately an arbitrary number, but a pretty cool one for me.
Do you “wish there was more to do” in Edmonton?
This is it. This is “more to do”. If you are looking for cool shit in Edmonton, this is the cool shit you are looking for. Runner or not, bring some snacks, lawn chairs, some drinks, a cow bell, and come party with us.
Everyone knows the rules. If you're not racing, you're cheering.
This is going to be a super fucking cool race and I’ve been to a few cool as-all-shit races recently. This will be a good time.
We are 6 weeks out. A little tight-like-tiger for a proper training cycle, but I’m feeling freshy fresh, fit, and strong. I mean, my legs always feel like garbage, but really top drawer garbage right now. This is the perfect way to put newfound winter fitness to use early in the year.
The timing isn’t the worst. I’m just off lower mileage weeks at 34KM and 42KM respectively, I have averaged 67KM a week since February. Over 800KM’s for the year to put things into perspective. That’s a few hot — not hot at all — months of solid base mileage.
I simply need to learn how to run fast again. Easy peasy.
Even with a couple sporadic workouts this spring, although encouraging, I still want to be conservative. Step one is to find race pace. I am thinking 3:50~3:55/KM for a chip time of 19:10 ~ 19:35. It seems fast for me, but 4 flat is just too conservative. Let’s make this hurt a little.
— Rob Watson at 2017 WestVan Run 5K
Run as fast as I can for 3KMs then try to hold on.
That sounds like more fun and could be really interesting at the line.
With this tight training schedule, I just need to lock in a pace I can make feel like meditation. Start workouts with 400’s, increase distance each week, peak a week out and nosedive into a Wednesday night race on a 2.7KM raceway road course.
So fucking cool.
Training starts Monday. Wait, it’s passed Monday. I guess training has already started — Monday. Runs on Strava will be labeled r001.0x. Follow along there for daily workouts.
There will be nothing fancy in my training schedule. Two hard workouts. 60-70KM’ish per week with one day off, and one long run. As for cross training, I’ll get my cross training in — it’s part of my lifestyle. The long run isn’t ideal for this cycle, but I’ve got pacing commitments to other runners. It can’t hurt.
Famous last words.