So, I started running January 1st. In the cold weather. I had not ran of any consequence in probably 10 years and have not exercised regularly in that time either. It was a slight shock to the system to say the least. Fast forward 12 days and today was my first 5k race (not only for the year but ever). I know you are probably supposed to train for longer than that but for my experiment I need to run one in January and there happened to be one in Rogers today. My grandiose goal was to run a 25 minute 5k for my first one, my realistic goal was to run under 28 minutes, and my easy goal was to finish without stopping to walk. In my 12 days of training I had yet to run 5k without stopping to walk.
So, today I ran in the Tux on the Run 5K which was raising money for the YMCA in Rogers. I think there where about 150 or so runners. I am happy to report that I finished without stopping to walk and I finished with a time of 26:27. I am pretty happy with it but I have a ways to go to get to where I want to be. It was fun to run in a race though. Although I did get beat by like a 16 year old and a 60 year old. Half way through the race I got passed by a guy pushing a toddler in a jogging stroller. It was very demoralizing at the time and I told myself at that time that my new goal for the race was to not get beat by anyone pushing a stroller. I ended up meeting this goal also and passed him with about 1/4 mile left.
|Here I am after the race with my awesome windblown hair.|