First off, sorry for for the delay in posting this. I was waiting to get a picture of me gracefully running, with a smile on my face and wind blowing in my hair. What I ended up getting was a picture of me, looking like I was straining and two kids running past me. Thankfully, I was able to edit out the two younsters and came up with this:
So, the long awaited moment has finally come. My first 5k in nearly 20 years. The last time I ran a 5k was in high school, while I was training for my month getting ready to go to boot camp. Don't get me wrong, I did a lot of running in the Marines, just never ran a 5k since High School.
Let's back up to last year. Call of Duty was coming out and I was waiting in line at midnight to pick it up. I stayed up until 6 a.m. playing it, drinking Mountain Dew and eating Pizza and chips. Fast forward to this year. I read about the new Call of Duty and kept up with the posts on Twitter. However, I instead make sure I ate some lean protien and complex carbs before eventually going to bed. I got up nice and early and went to the race to start warming up.
The race itself was fun. There was a lot of energy in the air and everyone was pretty excited. We lined up to start and I happened to be at the starting line. They shouted "go" and I went. Within seconds, it felt like hundreds of people passed me. Oh well, I read about this and knew to run MY race, not theirs. Sure, I passed some of them again later on, but most of them ended up finishing ahead of me. No hard feelings, they are amazing runners.
My time was just a hair past 25 minutes. I actually feel GREAT about this. I've been training for a few months and this beats my best time by a good 3 minutes! Now I can keep training, keep losing weight, and hopefully see an even better time next year.
Special kudos to this 82 year old that beat me. Yes, I let an 82 year old man beat me. He came in at 21 minutes. AMAZING! I hope to be in that great of shape when I am his age. So awesome and inspiring.
For those of you that read my last blog, I gave a hint about a new workout buddy. I said it had three eyes and four ears. So, not to keep you waiting any longer, it is Kinect, for the Xbox 360. I tell my kids it is a robot. It moves its head up and down to see you, it has 3 cameras, and 4 microphones. I can go on and on about this (and probably will in later blogs), but what I'll say now is that it tracks your whole body and has you move, move, moving! It is so much fun and before you know it, you're dripping in sweat! Here's a little picture of what my new workout buddy looks like: