Saturday, April 26, 2014
I ran a 5K this morning. It's sponsored by my gym, the Tri-Cities Court Club. I signed up a while back because it's right here in town, the entry fee was only $6, and I'd been slacking in training for the run portion of my upcoming triathlon. I was hopeful signing up for an event would re-instill some urgency to my training.
And then I forgot about it.
A few weeks ago, I saw it on the calendar and my eyes got big. It certainly did create a sense of urgency.
The route was a local multi-use path. It's relatively narrow (12', tops), so getting out of the start required some near ballet-like moves. I was quickly passed by the stroller-pushers.
One of them got a mechanical soon after passing me; the other stroller-pusher left them for dead.
I ran for four straight minutes at first. I usually run between 2-3 minutes, then walk for :45-1:00. But given I'd just passed someone, I didn't want to immediately drop back to walking and make them pass me. It worked out, though. Several times I ran for three or more minutes, and cut my walk to :30-:45.
I finished in 33:50, which is better than my previous 5K. The best part about the event was my self-talk. My Inner Coach kept catching me slouching: Head up! Shoulders back! Hips under your shoulders! It's amazing what a difference good posture makes in how I feel when I run. Thank you, Inner Coach!
I took third place in my age group. Maybe there were only three women in my age group. Doesn't matter: there isn't an asterisk on the ribbon, and I am keeping it. DLF beats DNF, DNF beats DNS, and DNS sure as heck beats Never Got off The Couch!