Monday, March 25, 2013
I was originally thinking not to brave an actual 5K race until at least May or June, but the reasons why are not so persuasive as they were a couple of weeks ago.
First, the running is going insanely well, better than I ever expected. I had planned to try to run 30 minutes straight the weekend before last and for various reasons did not do so, but I did do it yesterday. I still can't get over how easy it was. I did an out-and-back route near my house that's probably about 1.4 miles each way. I concentrated on taking it really slow at first, so I could make it the whole way without worrying about it. Not quite "shuffle down the street" slow, but about as slow as I can actually run. I got to the turnaround at 15:42 feeling really good and was thinking, wow, I can really do this. And then I turned around and the wind that had been at my back hit me smack in the face. Oh no! But it was fine. My time for the way back was 14:56! And I felt fine. A full 5K at that pace would have taken at least another five minutes, probably more, but I have no doubt I could have done it.
So that mental barrier is gone. And with that gone, the other issue I have ("I used to run 22 minute 5Ks, I can't do a 5K at 35 plus minutes and be proud of that, I'd fall apart") just doesn't seem all that persuasive anymore. Shoot, I'm a grown-up, I don't need to hang onto decades-old pride. And I'm finding that I just plain want to do it, to do it.
So I found a race at the local lake on April 21st. Dead flat course, and totally familiar to me. Also a popular enough race that I probably won't be last. ;) There's even a $2 entry fun run for the kiddo. I am seriously looking forward to it. Yay!