First 6k

On Saturday, October 17th, I raced my first 6k!  While our top seven took on the Wisconsin Invitational, the rest of us stayed local and raced in a lower-key meet.  I ran unattached again, so I continued to rock the orange and blue tank top.

The training in the week leading up to the race was not ideal because I did not finish the workout on Monday and had some food sickness issues for a few days.  I started to feel better as the race got closer, though.  Carb-loaded with a huge bowl of pasta from a local deli.

Because I was racing unattached, I couldn’t ride in the team van to the meet, so my wonderful teammate drove me (and the other unattached freshmen) there.  The venue was gorgeous, with the beautiful course, a picturesque mansion, and trees galore.  It was a beautiful day as well: Low 60s and sunny with little wind.

Our coach told us that the first mile would be fast and that we shouldn’t freak out.  She also told me to be right up on the shoulders of two teammates that have always been faster than me.  One of them is a 4:53 miler!

Anyway, she was right.  The first mile was a 5:47.  We came through the two mile around 11:50, and that’s where I realized that this 6k was going to hurt a lot.

The fourth and fifth kilometers were very painful, and I struggled to stay up with the two teammates I was running with.  They gapped me a tiny bit, but I managed to not drop out of the race 😉


All by my lonesome at 4k (just kidding, my friends were just out of the frame)

I passed the 5k mark and had no idea what my time was, but I just knew that I had to have come through faster than my 5k PR, so that helped me push through the last kilometer.  The finishing straight was a flat/downhill stretch of about 400 meters, which was perfect even though the last 20 seconds seemed interminable.  My freshman teammates and I went 4-5-6 all within three seconds of each other, although we had no idea what our times were.


After recovering and cooling down for 20 minutes, I found out that my time was 22:52!  That converts to 18:50 for 5k!!!!

(PS please ignore the fact that Allie Ostrander ran a 19:19 6k the other day.)

After I got back from the race, I made two little loaves of pumpkin bread, and my roommate and I ate one and a half by ourselves…oops.


All in all, my first 6k and full race effort was a success.  Two days later, I’m ridiculously sore even after rolling and icing and stretching and wearing calf sleeves, but the race was worth it.  I don’t know if I’ll run at conferences or redshirt this season, but I’m good with anything.


In-season training weeks 5-8 (36, 35, 41, and 41 miles)

Wow, I’m a terrible person because I’m four weeks behind on my training recaps!  So sorry.  College is hard.

I have 20 spare minutes to catch up!

Week 5:

Monday 9/21: 5 miles, strength circuit
Tuesday: 5 miles @ 7:40 pace, abs
Wednesday: 60 min cross training
Thursday: 6 miles, drills, strides, strength circuit, 30 min stationary bike
Friday: 2.75 miles warm-up, 4 mile pace run (6:32, 6:34, 6:16, 6:12), 2.35 mile cool down (Total: 9 miles)
Saturday: off
Sunday: 11 miles

Total: 36 miles running (low b/c hamstring), 90 min cross training

Week 6:

Monday 9/28: 6 miles, drills, strides, strength circuit
Tuesday: First track workout of college! 20 minutes warm-up, 2×800 (3:03, 2:52), 2xmile (6:08, 6:08), 2×800 (2:51, 2:50), 3×400 (82, 80, 80), 12 minutes cool-down.  Total: 9-10 miles.
Wednesday: 60 minutes cross training
Thursday: 6 miles (3o min run, 8 x :60 hard, :30 easy, 6 minute run), strength circuit, 30 minutes cross training
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: Road race 5k with teammates.  20 minutes warm-up, 5k in 19:21, 10 minute run, 7 x :60 hard, :30 easy, 10 minutes cool down.  Total: 10 miles.
Sunday: 30 minutes biking

Total: 35 miles running (low b/c hamstring), 120 minutes cross training


Week 7:

Monday 10/5: 10.2 miles beautiful solo long run @ 7:30 pace (digestive issues though)
Tuesday: 5 miles, strength circuit
Wednesday: 60 minutes cross training
Thursday: AM: 2.6 miles warm-up, fartlek workout (4.5-5 miles), 3 miles cool-down.  PM: 2 miles.  Total: 12 miles.
Friday: 6 miles, drills, strides
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: off

Total: 41 miles running, 60 minutes cross training

Week 8:

Monday 10/12: 2.6 miles warm-up, 2.6 miles “brisk”, 2 or 3 x 3:00 hard, 2:00 easy (did not finish the rest of the workout), 12ish minutes cool down (Total 8ish miles)
Tuesday: 6 miles, drills, strides, strength circuit
Wednesday: 60 minutes stationary bike (probably 80 minutes total bike though)
Thursday: 6 miles, drills, strides, yoga, 30 minutes biking
Friday: Pre-meet (4 miles), 4 short strides
Saturday: 2.5 miles warm-up, first 6k race in 22:52, 2.5 miles cool down
Sunday: AM: 5 miles.  PM: 3 miles.

Total: 41 miles running, 110 minutes cross training, 20 minutes yoga

Comments: My hamstring has been bothering me on and off for several weeks, but I’ve pretty much been able to train through it (knock on wood!).  First real (and first 6k) race was on Saturday 10/17!  I’ll recap it next post!