Monday, March 12, 2012
So I turned 42 over the weekend. Having been training for three weeks for a 5K, I saw on the Active.com website that one coincided with my birthday weekend. I signed up for my wife and myself.
Back in 2010, we ran a 5K in just under 36 minutes. Yesterday, I was running and became concerned at 50 minutes. I was not paying attention to many of the mile markers because it was raining, and cold, and my glasses were fogging up pretty badly. I just figured, "Well, you ARE two years older and you are sort of out of shape. Deal with it and finish strong."
I ran until just near the finish line and sprinted half a track to finish in just over an hour. I walked for a little, grabbed some water and waited for my wife to finish. She came up after about ten minutes and informed me that it was FIVE MILES, not 5K. I said no way.
While she was going around the track, I asked an official. Yes, indeed. Five miles it was or about 8K. I felt silly but with a real sense of accomplishment. Not too shabby for 5 miles. I used to run like that in the Army on a regular basis.
I became aware of two things after the race. First, I will not plan anything else on the day of a longer race. I was exhausted and irritable afterward. I plan on resting after a longer race from now on.
Second, I am a bit peeved about something. SP fitness tracker considers a 13 minute mile to be walking. I did walk for brief periods but the majority was easily jogging/running. I call it running.
That's all for today.