5k today & lesson learned. What I thought was terrible running weather last week–overcast, cold, windy–was actually pretty ideal running weather today.
Did the 5k in 47:20 (or 47:19 or 47:21, I couldn’t tell with the clock). I think I did the first mile in about 13 mins, though, which is a new record for me, but I was sort of carried along at the beginning. Actually, it was a slow start & I started even slower since I started in the middle of the group & it took forever after the buzzer for me to actually cross over the starting line.
Next time I’ll be a bit braver & move closer to the front of the crowd so I don’t lose valuable seconds waiting for a few hundred other runners to start, but I don’t want to be first & get in the way of the serious runners either. The crowd became a problem a few times…sometimes a bottleneck as we moved from taking up the whole street to using just a sidewalk or a wooded path was just the excuse I needed to slow down, but other times they were just an annoyance to be got around. Note to self: need to practice running on the grass.
What fun & I can’t really explain why it was fun. But here’s what ya’ll need to know. The winner finished in 17:06, so she (and her ilk) were so far ahead that they didn’t even factor into my experience of the race at all. My people were the group I came to call the “C25Kers.” Walk some, check your watch, run some, check your watch, repeat. I felt pretty at home during this race, pretty in my element…& I think it was just the motivation I needed to continue running.
& damn it felt good to be done, driving home with a race number & a great t-shirt & a huge sense of accomplishment that was actually too big to fit in the back seat, so I threw it in the trunk instead.
Thanks again for all the encouragement ya’ll. You really kept me going during the race itself & during these last 11 weeks training for the race.
Oh, and soclose, the volunteers were amazing & I thanked as many of them as I could find (turns out, they’re spread out all over the course, sometimes to do nothing more than applaud you as you come along…nice people!).
Breakfast: special K & blueberries
Snack: granola bar
Lunch: 4 oz cherry-chicken burger & asparagus dish
Snack: 12 pretzels
Exercise: 5k plus 2 hours of looking at houses for sale