What a beautiful morning to get out and do a 5k! What a different race this was compared to the first one we did back in June. Today there were just over 300 people compared to 7600. Today was flat compared to brutal hills. As different as the 2 were, they were both fun and satisfying though. Kim was there with me again along with a friend, Pam, who has also been doing the C25K program.
Kim and I pre-race:
We had all decided to run our own race. I didn't want anyone to feel like they had to stay at my turtle pace, so I was not a bit surprised to see Kim take off at a good clip right from the start. It wasn't long before she blended in with the others and I lost sight of her around the different curves. Pam and I stuck together for the first 20 minutes. She's on W5D3 of the program, so she did great getting in those 20 minutes. Although I'd wondered if I'd be able to go further, I was definitely ready for a few walk breaks after I got in 30 minutes. Part of the route took us between 2 houses on a sidewalk that goes around a small lake and it was NOT marked very well. Unfortunately Pam missed the sidewalk and missed out on about 3/4 mile of the run, so we were totally split up after that. As I was almost around the lake I see Kim waiting for me!!!! All of you probably get tired of me bragging about Kim but tough cookies............she's freakin awesome and you will continue to hear about her :) I asked her why she waited (she'd been there about 4 minutes) and she told me she wanted to finish it with me. How cool is that???? I had just finished a short jogging interval so we walked for a bit and then jogged the last 7 minutes and crossed the finish line together!!! I really wish I had a picture of that!
After the 5k they also had a 1 mile run. The guy who won the 5k (15 min) also ran a 5 min mile to win that run. Immediately after he finished, he came over to his car which was close to mine and started doing some stretching. It was mostly stretching but also looked like quite a workout. For some reason (can't imagine why......lol) both Pam and I felt the urge to snap a few pictures of him.
I also wanted a picture of Pam, Kim and I all together. But there was no one around close to take it for us............except the workout dude! So, yes, we asked him to take it for us.
I am almost tempted to not even post my finishing time because I am so terribly slow, but I am still going to be proud of what improvement I've made. With any of my previous runs, I've been lucky to average 16 min mile paces. I had yet to break under a 16 min mile jog. Yes I'm SLOW!!!
Here's the break down for today:
Mile 1 - 13:42
Mile 2 - 15:26
Mile 3 - 14:17
Last .1 mile - 12:41 pace for a strong finish
Total time: 44:42
I'm going to own this time and be proud of it. My main goal from the beginning, and still is, is to be able to jog the full 3.1 for the Susan G Komen 5k which is 3 weeks from today. I think this is a totally reachable goal. I'm in this for the long haul and will not let the slow times get me down. Wow, that just struck me as so much like my slow weight loss. I'm in that for the long haul too and I refuse to let the scale get me down. It's all coming together (slowly) but I WILL win this complete race against the time and the scale!!!
Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!