After running in last weekends Fanwood 5K and actually liking it I thought I’d give it another go this weekend and race in another local 5K. This time my sister agreed to tag along and run with me. Being that she’s running in the Philadelphia Half Marathon in late November, we both agreed this would be a good training session for both of us.
Race morning was beautiful. The plan was to run three loops around a small park that was lined with trees that were all in the midst of changing colors. I felt ok going in, but I clearly didn’t prepare like I should have. Two beers the night before, a poor excuse for a breakfast, and about 5 mins to warm up before we started. I don’t know why I’m not taking these more seriously. Either way, I was still able to run a decent time: CLICK FOR RESULTS I was able to finish 2nd out of 22 in my age group (30-34 yr old men) and 15th overall (239 participants) with a time of 21:09 (6:49 min miles).
Instead of walking away from this race disappointed that I was slower than last week (4 seconds), I’m going out with the mindset that I was still able to maintain a relatively quick pace even though I’m not even close to being considered “fit” by my standards. Assuming I work hard and keep at it, I should only expect to get faster and faster in future races.
Oh, and I forgot … AGAIN … to stop my watch at the end of the race, so some of my Garmin data is useless. Here are my stats: CLICK FOR GARMIN RUN INFO.