Although, when I hear fireballs these are what come to mind- LOL. Anyway, our local track club sponsors an annual race every July 3. What makes this race unique is that it is on July 3 (which I liked) and at 9:00 pm (which I'm still not sure I was crazy about). BTW- putting in a plug- if you have access to a track club- check it out! Ours is amazing! They hold multiple races, each has a little bag with good coupons, you get a 10% discount at a local running store plus other discounts at other local retailers AND, you get a $20 voucher coupon to use on any race (except the local half marathon) plus $5 off any KTC sponsored race (that DOES include the half marathon). Then, on top of that- when you volunteer to help with any of the races you get a volunteer voucher. How much did I pay to join Knoxville Track Club? $20- yep- I got my money back already!
Okay- back to the details. It's been pretty rainy here the last week or so- pretty much every afternoon it has rained a solid rain and unfortunately the weather forecast was calling for pretty much solid rain from Wednesday morning through Friday and not just rain- but thunderstorms. It rained off and on throughout the day on Wednesday but it kind of eased off around around 7ish. There were a few little drizzles here and there until the race start time at 9:00 and then it picked up a little more the closer to the finish I got. Temp was about 70 at start time- yes, you read that right- 70 on July 3! Unheard of in TN! The weather was perfect! I did this with two friends of mine (and ran into a couple of other long time friends there too) and we had such a good time! Lots of laughs which is always good. Race time came and we all started out (over 1,000 people). This was a fairly flat course with one incline each way (it was an out and back). My time wasn't great (36:09) BUT, I will say this- I did spin class yesterday morning, it was wet, and it was at night and I'm used to running in the morning. I know that technically I could call those excuses but, as my dad reminded me- I got out there and got it done! My goal was to finish and finish strong- which I did. In fact, even though my time wasn't great, I kept a pretty steady pace through the whole thing and really only walked through the water stops. So, my plan for the future, work on speed- I know the only way to get faster is to practice faster.
Question for today: What kind of speed work plan do you use?