I’m pretty sure this is what Miley Cyrus was singing about when she rocked “Party in the USA” in ’09.
Oh yeah, if you’re wondering why I’m wearing compression socks, it is because the pros do it and they run very fast. I figure it can’t hurt.
If you’re wondering, my track party workout was the following: 1 mi at HM pace; 1200 at 10K pace; 800 at 10K pace; 400 at 5K pace.
I wrote the times this would correlate to on my hand in an effort to do the workout correctly/not forget them.
Thanks to the lack of heat and humidity,the fact that the workout was shorter than usual (I guess), and that I took the weekend off (at a wedding!) it went really well. 7:38 for a mile, 5:36 for 1200, 3:38 for 800, 1:34 for 400.
At first, when I was a tad too fast (and I could tell, too, meaning I knew this was not the pace at which I could run a half marathon), I thought, “SELF, JUST FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR ONE TIME PLEASE!” But, then I just went with it. Soon, it will be hot and humid again and I’ll be slower than I want and, in turn, about to throw my Garmin or watch in the East River.
As many of you may know, I’ve taken it upon myself to start a 5K revolution, meaning a trend towards the weekend warrior set being obsessed with the 5K rather than the marathon and qualifying for Boston.
I’ve recruited new members.
We have an official hashtag (#5Krevolution) and nail polish (any sort of light blue which you can dub “belief blue;” I suggest Lapis of Luxury by Essie or Dreamer by Revlon). We even have an official 5K revolution gang sign.
We’re just lacking an official slogan and mascot. Suggestions are welcome.
But, some of you out there might love the marathon. Or maybe the 10K is your thing. Or maybe you love love love the half marathon or “half the distance, twice the fun” as Oiselle so aptly put it.
Right now, it’s speed that is motivating me and, hence, the 5K revolution. Maybe one day I’ll be jazzed on the marathon again.
But, I want to hear what motivates you. What would be your race revolution?
To entice you to share with the group, I have a little giveaway. One of you lucky revolutionists will receive Oiselle’s “Start to Finish” V-neck pink tee (size medium).
And, unless you pick some obscure race distance, this can be your revolution tee!
So, to win, you must tell me one or both of the following:
1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RACE DISTANCE AND WHY?
2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RACE AND WHY? [Because some of you might now have a favorite distance]
If you go follow Oiselle on twitter (@Oiselle, 1 entry) and/or instagram (@Oiselle, 1 entry) AND tell me in separate comments (sorry, but easiest to keep track of entries), you can get an extra entry.
[ie you can receive up to three entries — your comment answering the question, following Oiselle on twitter, following Oiselle on instagram; my heart will sing if you instagram or tweet a picture of the 5k revolution sign]
So, enter away running revolutionists! I can’t wait to hear from you.
Until next time…