The 5K came and went and in all of my excitement and training for it, I didn't make a post until now. It's been a crazy few weeks. Unfortunately, that put off some of my training and I think that's where I suffered. I didn't actually hit any of my goals this time. I didn't beat my old boss, or make it to the time I wanted. But that's alright. If we hit all of our goals all the time then what's the point of them? That just means I need to push harder, and I have a whole year to be where I want to be. The point of it all was that I did it, and I had fun doing it.
For the first two miles, I actually was doing really well. I kept checking my phone and I was about an 8:30-9min/mile average. If I had sustained this pace, I would've beat my boss and my goals. The third mile was the worst for me and was where I struggled. Every time I tried to push myself, I just couldn't do more than 30 yards of running before I had to stop again. Funny thing, I couldn't even slow my pace to a slower jog. I had to either walk or nothing.
Here's the total stats for the run.
Total Distance: 3.14 Miles
Duration: 35:28 (I didn't stop the app for a minute after I got to the end. I got a text from the organizers that said my time was 34 minutes for the 5K)
Avg. Speed: 5.31mph
Avg. Pace: 11:18 Min/Mile
So my average pace must've actually been in the high 10 minute mile average, which was where I wanted to be. As I said, I didn't realize the app was continuing to run at the finish line.
I ran with my friend Adam. It was great to have him along. He's been like a brother to me lately, so that was cool to have him come with. He did much better, around an 8 minute mile average pace for him. He finished at around 26 minutes. Below is a picture of us after we finished the race.
The 5K is a great experience, and I want to do it every year. Adam and I want to keep running and keep training ourselves to eventually run a half marathon. I think that'll be it for me with running. I'm not wanting to get too serious with running as I know a lot of runners who get damage in their legs and back and have a difficult time later in life. If I do 1 half marathon a year and 1 5K a year I think I will be happy. It will be a good excuse to keep exercising and training. Now that the 4th of July season is done I can rest easy and get back to my regular schedule of exercise. It will also help a lot if I can get back to Day shift. I was so much better about consistency in my exercise when I was on days.