What is it about turning a specific age, usually 30, that gets people bent out of shape? It’s pretty common to hear people say “I want to do x before turning 30” or something along those lines. Why is it? Sometimes it’s gradual, other times BAM, it’s hits you that you are almost 30 and need to do whatever before then. I’ll be 30 next year and I thought I had escaped this malady but alas, I was wrong. I went to get a pedicure and eyebrow wax today. As I was getting in my car, out of the blue and for no reason at all the following stream of consciousness overtook my mind “WOW, I can’t believe I’ll be 30 next year. There have been so many things I’ve planned to do in my life but just haven’t panned out. I need to do something momentous before turning 30, I have to do something memorable and I have very little time.” So there, it’s my turn, I suppose, to formulate a plan do something big before my Big Three O but more on that another time, I’m still assessing the situation.
I am now officially training for the Key Largo Bridge Run 10k in November. I didn’t think I need it before starting to run outside because I had been running 4.5 miles on treadmill but I was wrong. Road running is much more difficult, at least for me. I am not doing Bridge to 10k, I’m doing a program generated by SmartCoach based on my 5k race time. It starts out nice and slow with 2 mile runs, which is great considering that is the most I’ve been able to run outside without stopping. Today was the first training run and the hardest part was keeping a slow enough pace. I’m supposed to be doing these easy runs at a 14:31 minute mile pace but it’s hard. I keep speeding up without even thinking about it and then have to slow down. I’m using RunKeeper on my iPhone to track speed and distance so I don’t know how accurate the instant pace reading is but, at the end of the run, it calculated my average pace to be about 14:00 minute mile. I did this same run yesterday and my pace then was 12:38 minute mile but today felt more difficult thanks to the wind and higher humidity. Yesterday was also the first day I was able to run 2 miles (on the road) without stopping.
I “designed” the training program to finish on the day of the 10k race so if all goes well, I should be able to finish it at the very least. I’m not going for speed but I would like to finish before 1:15 hours. However, this program says my pace should be a bit slower and would put my finish time at just over 1:16. We’ll see how it goes.
On a side note, I liked my first 5k so much that I registered to run another the weekend after next. This one is in Coral Gables, one of my favorite areas in Miami. I can’t wait!