Bay Breeze training: week one

So once again, I’m training for a 10k.

On Christmas Eve, the Husband went to sleep at 9.30pm,  so I got fast and loose with my credit card and signed up for a 10k (the Bay Breeze 10k) and a half-marathon (Hellyer). That’ll teach him to stay awake!

My goal is under 52 minutes. Until this week, I was fairly confident I could do it, given my last 10k training cycle. However this week has been humbling!! I’m not in the shape I was in the Autumn! I’ve got 6 weeks to train, including this week so I’ve cracked on with the training. It looked a bit like this.

Saturday: 13 mile long run

13 lovely trail miles in the sunshine with Jen. Twisted ankle again on the trails but powered through. Grrrr.

Lovely Briones
Lovely Briones

Tuesday: 4 mile interval training

My ankle felt much better, it recovered so much faster this time, so I got back on the old fartlek wagon. 0.5 mile warm up. 12 x (1 min fast, 1 min recovery), 0.5 mile cool down. Felt okay!!  In retrospect, it probably means I should have worked harder.

Wednesday: 3 mile stroller trail run

We welcomed the New Year with a 3 mile family trail run along with Juli and her family. We started along Skyline Trail, which is relatively flat. Unfortunately, it’s also VERY narrow with a drop-off on one side and it got a little scary for Juli’s husband and their double-stroller. So we headed back and tried out another trail in a new park, El Corte de Madera. Much wider and nicer. We definitely need to go back and explore this new park. Today’s run was very slow, with a lot of stopping, but we laughed so hard and the kids ran at least a mile, if not more!

Two future trail runners...
Two future trail runners…

Later that day, the Dude started riding his bike without stabilisers. Seriously, it was incredible, we were SO excited. I’ve been trying to explain to him what a wonderful world opens up when you can cycle – I am so very excited about spending the summer on wheels with my boys!!

And we're off....
And we’re off….

Thursday: Random bits

– 1.5 mile running in circles round the car-park with the Dude cycling. I was so glad I was a runner today as I ran round endlessly with him. I was grateful for every training run that meant I could keep up.

– 2 miles cycling in circles round the car-park with the Dude. Rough distances, of course, but feels about right.

– 4 miles walking on the treadmill. I’m going to try and walk for an hour every evening on the days I don’t run.

Friday: 6 mile tempo run

This was where it got humbling. I ran the 6 miles in 54.09 (av pace 9.01). I ran M1 warm-up, M2 & 3 tempo, M4 recovery, M5 & 6 tempo. My tempo miles averaged an 8.40 pace. Compare that to week one of my Berkeley 10k training, where my tempo miles averaged 8.20!!! That week, I also ran a stroller 5k with an 8.36 pace. This was such a wake-up call that I need to put some serious training in if I want to get that PR. It’s not going to gift-wrap itself and put it in my stocking!

And that, my friends, was week one!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    Wow, that’s a great week 1 of training- I’ll be running the Bay Breeze/Freeze 10K too! Hope to cheer you on for that sub-52 minutes! GO GIRL!!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yay, someone else running it!That’s exciting! Slightly nervous as to why you call it ‘bay freeze’….do you have experience of this??? What’s your goal time for the race?

      1. Laura says:

        Last time I ran that sucker it was FREEZING- all those happy squids in the race logo must be wearing thermals!

        I’m just getting over an injury so hoping to break one hour at this point, a 10K PR for me would be sub-57 minutes and I know I’m not there yet… soon, but not yet…

  2. Cathryn says:

    Thanks for the warning – it must be pretty exposed! And darn those injuries! Heal quickly.

  3. Brianna says:

    I’m sure the fitness will be back in no time! And I am glad to hear the ankle felt better sooner this time 🙂

    I was thinking of doing the 5k race at Bay Breeze. I was going to do NVM in March, but for (good) personal reasons I decided I am going to pass and focus on shorter faster races. I decided 2014 running goals are PR in half marathon (I haven’t run sub 2 hours in 2 + years and my PR was 3 years ago) and the 5k (I want an official sub 24:00 time.)

    1. Cathryn says:

      Great goals…you’re def due a new 1/2 PR!! I think the Bay Breeze course looks relatively PR friendly…some twists and turns but flat! Do it…sign up!!

    2. Jen says:

      The course is very PR friendly (I ran the summer version of the race in August) – but a fair warning that the 5K is not a out-and-back at the 1/2 way point like the 10K and half marathon. Instead, it’s a loop around the marina area with the turnaround closer to the end (maybe 2/3 of the way through?). A couple of friends ran the 5K and they were very confused about the course, and didn’t pace properly. I was also confused seeing the 5K turnaround after 1 mile on the 10K course!

      Anyway, good luck with your goals!

      1. Brianna says:

        Thanks for the tips regarding the course! I can see where that could be confusing for runners doing both 5k and the longer races. I will definitely check out the course map before the race.

  4. Jen says:

    Go, Cathryn, go! Like I said on dailymile, it’s just a matter of time before you get your fitness back. And I’m so glad to hear the ankle is feeling much better. Last, but certainly not least, that is so cool about the Dude learning to ride his bike! And we were just talking about that the other day — funny timing. 🙂

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