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I Don’t Know How To Run 5K

Ab work this morning at the gym, followed by a 2250 meters (2460 yards) swim. Taking it kind of easy for a 5K race tomorrow morning. I’ve never raced one, and I can’t remember the last time I ran just 5K, but it’s been at least 2 years. Usually my training runs are at least 8K.

 
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I’m really excited about tomorrow, although at the same time if I have to use just one word to describe how I feel about this race, it would be confused. I will think of this race as a training tempo run, where I do the last 5K at a faster pace, and try to copy that tomorrow. After a warm up run, 5K tempo will be the race.
The possibility of going out too fast when it’s a shorter race seem even more probable than usual, at the same time going too conservatively and then having the race be over too fast, without never making the hardest possible effort, would suck a little.
In the end, it will be a good experience, if only learning wise.

 
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This will be a small race and there will be a few people I know, so I am looking forward to hanging out and talking to friends. I wish I could run a great time, but I’m not feeling it too much. I haven’t tapered, except for taking it slightly easier after my 5 day running streak late last week, and my nutrition and sleep have been lacking due to same late nights.

 
I need to work on my playlist, I will need only a few songs, and then I’m going to bed to watch some TV. I may lose your respect, but I’ve been watching Devious Maids and it’s so entertaining. I’m so tired when I go to bed that I can only watch light stuff, and this show is doing it for me. The maids and the families they work for have some interesting stuff going on.

 

What is your favorite low quality entertainment?

For me it’s reality TV.

Any 5K race tips?



 

Easy Pre-Race Day in Pictures

Taking it easy today before my 10K race tomorrow.
I almost forgot what not working out on a weekend day feels like (Friday is the first day of the weekend in Israel).
Woke up at 5:30 instead of at 4:30. Yes, crazy early anyway, but it’s amazing what an extra hour of sleep does. Add to that no physical activity, and I’ve felt refreshed and energetic all day.

 
Grocery shopping early to beat the crowds:

 
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Taking the kids to kindergarten:

 
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Baby girl birthday present shopping:

 
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Granola and caffeine loading late morning:

 
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Later on, in the afternoon:

 
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Those were my snacks today, in addition to the usual granola bar breakfast, a pasta salad for lunch, 2 big cheese and mushroom toasted sandwiches for dinner, and about 4 tablespoons of peanut butter mixed with strawberry jelly. I ate way too much and I wonder if it will translate into extra energy tomorrow or just feeling full and heavy.

 

These need “food” too:

 
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Getting my gear ready:

 
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I’m exited to be racing a small race tomorrow, after 2 big races.
I will be going to bed soon, early rise for an 8:15 race start.

 

 

A Playlist Post (that you should read!)

Here’s a weird thing.

 
I think playlist blog posts are so boring, so unoriginal, so lazy (seriously, just take a pic of your playlist and that’s a post?).

 
On the other hand, I love playlist posts.. because truth is, we runners, same way we go through running shoes fairly quickly, we go through running songs at a way too fast pace.

 
I mean, if you are running an average of 5 hours a week, that’s 75 songs. And then how many times can you listen to a song, no matter how much you love it, before it starts to annoy the hell out of you? And don’t even get me started about those songs that seem pretty cool at home when you are checking them out on YouTube, but then just suck when you are out on a run?

 
Funny IPod Playlist

 
And all that rant is the reason why I’m constantly looking for new songs, so a big THANK YOU, to every blogger who’s ever done a boring and lazy playlist post. Like I’m about to do.

 
Here’s the playlist that literally got me through my 10K PR last Friday, they are my favorite running songs right now, all of them are AWESOME.

 
Especially the last 3 songs, I ran the whole race just waiting to hear those.  And seriously, my fastest KMs ever.

 
Playlist

 
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Which running songs are you loving lately?

 

 

What I Take When I Go Running, and I’m a Gear Addict

 
I admit I’m one of those people that if I’m uncomfortable, I just can’t function. When I go running, I have to have as little on me as possible.
Don’t get me wrong, because I am a little obsessed with running gear, and own way more than I need… I just don’t want it all on me at the same time.

 
CAR KEYS:
Don’t you love running bottoms with zipper pockets on them? I don’t buy them without them, learned my lesson.
Because I usually don’t run straight from my house, but either drive to the boardwalk or drive closer to the gym to run around that area so I can do some strength/swimming/shower afterwards, I have to have my car keys with me. That’s when that zipper pocket comes in handy. Put the key in there, and forget about it.

 

 Those pockets are a life saver

Those pockets are a life saver


 
MUSIC:
I don’t think I ever ran without listening to music, I bet if I did I would run so much slower.. The rhythm of the music helps me move, and keeps me entertained.. how do people run without it, I would be so bored…
But then I would never consider swimming with musi, and some people love it, to each their own, of course.

 
So my IPod Shuffle is always with me, I have a pink one I bought I think 3 years ago, and it still works perfectly. I thought of buying a new one but there’s no point until this one stops working, since I would get the same exact model anyway. I love how small and light it is, and the back clip that I just attach to the waist of my shorts/pants and don’t feel for the whole run (the IPod doesn’t move or fall). I wish they had a screen to display the songs I’m listening to, but I guess they can’t fit one in such a small device, and really, size is everything in this model.

 
IPod Shuffle

 
HAIR TIE:
I know this sounds obvious, it is to me, but I’ve seen girls running with untied hair and I just don’t get it. I always run with a pony tail and pray that my hair tie doesn’t break.

 
 Simple and strong

Simple and strong


 
RUNNING WATCH:
I started running with my phone to record my time and my distance (although GPS on a smart phone is not that reliable in my personal experience), eventually moved on to a regular timer watch, which was a few hundred steps backwards in terms of technology, but at least I could wear it on my wrist and didn’t have to carry it in my pocket like I had to with my phone.
The timer watch worked fine, I measured the distance of my usual routes with Google Maps so by knowing what time it took me to run the route, I could calculate my speed.
And recently I got a Garmin so now I’m back in the 21st century.

 
 Same thing, right?

Same thing, right?


 
WEATHER RELATED GEAR:
I run early in the morning so in winter it is usually cold. Depending on the temperature, I wear gloves and/or a hat. I’d rather wear gloves than the hat because the hat sometimes makes me too hot mid run. The gloves I can usually stand until the end of the run.
If I’m running later than 08:00 AM, I take running sunglasses because the sun is strong here, even in winter.
I’ve never ran with a sun hat or visor, not even in the summer, I guess I would if I were to run closer to noon.

 
 I'd rather just pick one

I’d rather just pick one


 
NUTRITION:
I don’t take fluids and I cannot imagine myself carrying any kind of bottle or water belt. Maybe someday if I’m training for a marathon? I think I would just do routes with water fountains in them, seriously.
I also don’t take fuel on regular runs or long easy runs. The only time I take a GU gel is when I’m doing a long run with a fast finish, since I’ll be making a hard effort from the half point on, and I eat it a few minutes before I start to run faster.

 
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I get the variety pack but my favorite is Espresso Love


 
I like to see other people running by me with all their cool stuff (hair bands, arm sleeves, calf sleeves, water/running belts, phone arm bands), but I can’t do it.