Overall, this week has been a rest week. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything – I’d go crazy just sitting around. Instead, I’ve been doing light workouts at a low intensity.
This afternoon, was my hardest workout of the week, a mini duathlon. A co-worker tipped me off to an alumni 5k after Catholic Central’s, my alma mater, first cross country meet of the season. This is the first year that they were going to have a 5k for alumni, parents, and friends in hopes of making it an annual event.
The team races at Riverside Park which is exactly 7 miles (according to the Garmin) from our house. Unfortunately, there is no good way to get there without biking through some heavily trafficked* areas. Nevertheless, I headed out on my bike at 4:30 for a 5:30 start time. As I started to ride, the rain started to fall. I got pretty wet on the way to the park before the rain let up.
When I got to the park, I ran in a woman I swim with at the pool. Her son is on the XC team. I had no idea he went to Catholic Central, let alone ran XC. Small world. After chatting with her, I looked for the XC coach. At that time, he was unsure if they were even going to do the event because the turnout was so low. In the end, they decided to go forward with the race despite only having 5 participants.
We all toed the line; two marathon runners, myself, and two younger guys fresh out of highschool. The two young guys took off like a shot followed by one of the marathoners leaving me in 4th place. I had completely forgotten how different it is running on grass, especially wet, muddy grass, than it is on pavement. It felt like I was barely moving.
After the first mile, one of the young guys started to drop back and I moved up to 3rd place where I would end up finishing. I ended up with a 20:42 time and was completely drained. I can’t say that I am anxious to do more XC runs though. I’ll stick to the solid surfaces.
After the run, I hopped back on my bike and road the 7 miles back home to complete my bike-run-bike duathlon.
I’m thinking of doing a longish run (10-12 miles) tomorrow or Saturday, but I am going to completely play it by ear on how I feel.
*I have a general disdain for words that require a “k” added when making them past tense. Just thought I’d share.