Tooting My Own Horn

The race this morning was awesome. I was awesome.

I ran the whole thing, and that’s what I was going for: No walking. All running. Awesome.

This particular 5k was set up like this: The first mile was downhill, on the road. After that, it was all flat on a crushed limestone trail, the second mile out, the third mile (plus .1!) back on the trail.

The first mile went by really fast, obviously, because it was all down hill. The rest was significantly more difficult, and my pace varied quite a bit, most often at my normal pace (which is slow) and occasionally a bit faster than that.

Since it was an “out & back” course as opposed to a circular route, shortly into the second mile people started coming back at me – already on the third mile! Something about that gave me a little added drive… I’m big on comparing myself to others, remember? At least this time I used it for good!

There was one point in the third mile when I almost started walking. I wasn’t that tired, but it felt like a reflex. But I stayed aware of what I was doing and what my goal was, and I kept going.

Gun time – 30:45. THIRTY MINUTES! (and forty-five seconds…)

I’ll update later with the chip time, which I suspect will be right around 30. It would be really great if I made it in under 30 minutes, but this was a small race, so I’m not sure that it took that long to get to the starting line after the gun. We’ll see.

Regardless, I’m thrilled with my performance. For the last 5k I did – the Race for the Cure in May – my official time was 34:51, so no matter what, I’ve made my personal best today.

I also feel much better afterward than ever before (which is good since I have 3 hours of Kung Fu coming up soon at noon). I recovered faster than usual and I don’t feel totally drained.

Incidentally, J-Roc did a great job today as well – his first race! As I suspected, he was faster than me, by about two minutes. Maybe J-Roc is an A-Hole…

I kid, J-Roc. I kid.

Seriously though, if he can do that well after just 5 or 6 times running, I truly believe anyone can succeed in this sport if they apply themselves. It’s one of the best exercises around for calorie burning, and helps to build bone and prevent osteoporosis (very important, ladies). Plus, there’s very little equipment necessary (just a good pair of running shoes) and you can run anywhere! If you haven’t given it a try yourself, maybe you should. You can join the ranks of the folks that I’ve inspired who’ve since passed me up :)

Believe it or not, it’s fun, too!

8 Responses to “Tooting My Own Horn”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Congrats! Have fun at the kung fu marathon, too. Sadly, I can't make it this year, but do some short punches and five-flower kicks for me!

  2. South Beach Steve Says:

    Congratulations on a new personal best! I think your time is pretty good. Posts like this from various people keeps pushing me closer and closer to committing to a 5k.

  3. Kat Says:

    Congratulations! That is an awesome time!

  4. Kimberly Says:

    Steve, I really think you should just sign up for one. If by the time it comes around you're not ready to run the entire thing, run what you can and walk the rest – you KNOW you can walk that far! There's nothing like getting out there with hundreds – or thousands – of other folks. It's such a neat feeling to be part of something! And it's a bit addicting. Go for it – what are you waiting for?!

  5. South Beach Steve Says:

    Kimberly, that is the question. What am I waiting for. I am going to start checking around and see what my options are.

  6. South Beach Steve Says:

    Kimberly, that is the question. What am I waiting for. I am going to start checking around and see what my options are.

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