I love progress! This is exciting. Today was the Roger's River Run 5K in the thriving metropolis of Longmont, CO. Our whole family ran it last year and we showed up again this year. It was a great day for a run in Colorado. Hot air balloons overhead, mountains as the backdrop.
Last year, prior to starting my marathon training, I ran it in 26:30. This year: a PR for me of 23:44 putting me in 4th out of 28th in my age group and 15th out of 257 females overall! You have to understand what an accomplishment this is for me. Prior to starting to train for my marathon in Sept. '08 I had never run further than a 10K. My best 10K time was 56:00. I am here to say that if you get off your ass and train and have a smidge of discipline, you really can meet your goals, whatever they may be. And I didn't even crap myself. Obviously I am disciplining my G.I. tract as well. Here we are, post race:
I will say that I started out fast and got progressively slower. Not the best strategy as I usually prefer to start slow and speed up at the end. But that's what I did:
Mile 1: 7:10
Mile 2: 7:33
Mile 3: 8:02
For an average pace of 7:39.
My first born and stud-son, Sam (age 11), ran it in 27:40, which was also a 5K PR for him. Emma and Ken finished in 40:00. Not bad for an eight year old and her 43 year old dad.
Now, something weird happened to me while running and I wonder if this has happened to any of you. This was a first for me. About mile two my right leg felt totally dead. Like all the energy was drained out of it and I couldn't make it work. It did however, keep working. It was almost like it was asleep without the pins and needles. A complete and overall feeling of fatigue in that leg. Then about a half mile later, it woke up. Very odd. Anyone had this happen before?
Kind of cool - I saw someone I know in the community who reads my blog after the race. He yelled out "Hey, there's Shut Up and Run!" Hi Eldon!
Best weekend to all of you out running races this weekend! I know there are tons of them around here. Congrats to Marlene at Mission to Another Marathon for her 5K PR of 22:40!!!