Maybe it was the Super Moon, but I saw two black cats this morning.
One just sat in its yard and watched me run by on the sidewalk. The other one, I saw up ahead of me, across the street. In the middle of a tempo mile, I sped up even more so it wouldn’t cross in front of me. Can’t having black cats crossing my path. I have been on a serious Uno winning streak at home and want to keep it up.
As I got closer, it crossed the street toward me at a trot. Aw, maybe he wants to be petted. But, as it got closer, it started running at me! Ohmygod! It’s going to bite me!I sprinted away, realizing I just got chased by a freaking cat. I had my pepper spray, too. All I’m saying is that cat got lucky.
Okay, here’s the problem. I want to build up my base, but I still sort of want to PR the 5K. I think there’s one on my birthday weekend–exactly six weeks from now. And the book I’m reading has a sweet 6-week 5K plan in it.
Buuuut, if I train specifically for the 5K, then I might mess up my training for the 15K at Point Defiance that’s just a couple weeks after that.
I’m not totally sure what to do. I went with the 5K plan today: 2×10-minutes at tempo pace (8:16).
I started with 10 minutes at easy pace: 11:14 for .92 miles
Then I did 10 minutes at tempo: 8:26 pace for 1.19 miles (this was hard; I felt like I was still trying to wake up)
3 minutes walking, jogging.
Then I did my second 10-minute tempo: 8:14 pace for 1.22
Then, jogged/walked home: 10:21 pace for .62 mile (should’ve been slower, but I was worried I was going to be late for work)
Total mileage for the morning: 3.95 — basically 4, okay.
The 5K plan calls for an optional 20-40 minute second run at easy pace today, but it’s so dang hot (90s) and humid, and I didn’t get great sleep. So I’m opting out.
BTWs, tempo runs are hard in the dark of the morning and before I’ve eaten anything. But I don’t want to get up earlier to eat, so…