What a great way to kick off Halloween – with a 5k! I haven’t done once since August, but I have been consistent about my running.
This 5k was a little different from the others I ‘ve done, as it’s a trail run. The trail is mostly mulched with a few stretches of board walk.
It takes place every year, at a county nature preserve in my area. The weather was started out rainy and I even saw a rainbow on my way to the park…cool! By the time I arrived, the sun was peeking out of the clouds.
I registered for the run, got my new jammy top – I mean t-shirt and met up with my friends also doing the run. I even ran into my tri-coach, Kelly http://www.trimommylife.com/. Her kids did the fun run – which was very cute!!
Finally we all headed toward the start area and began to run – there was a slowdown in our pace, as we all had to basically queue up to get onto the trail. There was a lot of chatter, laughter and a lot of good humor. It was definitely a “good vibes” kind of run.
The run felt so good. My only expectations were to have fun and enjoy the scenery. Having walked/run the trail many times before, I knew what to expect…somewhat. See, normally I run it counter-clockwise. But the 5k had us going clockwise. I really liked this, because it made the run seem “brand new” to me.
I ran with friends for part – passed a few, was passed. I even kept pace with a couple. Approaching the last few yards, my friends who had finished cheered me on. Another friend, Maria (who finished well before me), ran me to the finish line – I loved that!
Afterwards, I met up with my friends. We got in line for our free juice and bagels and discussed our run. Times were posted and I saw I finished in 41:56. Not what I wanted – I had been hoping to break the 40 minute mark at a timed 5k. But then, someone pointed out to me, that I probably did set a new PR – when factoring in the stopping and waiting to get onto the trail. I’ll go with that (but I’m going to time myself this weekend and see if I can’t manage a sub 40 minute 5k). My goal by spring, is to average a solid 30 minutes.
You want to know another goal of mine? A half- marathon in October 2011. Here’s the link http://www.empirestatemarathon.com/ So, I’ve changed 2011’s goals a bit, here they are as of now: Green Lakes Triathlon early summer ’11. The Utica Boilermaker, early summer ’11. Aflac Iron Girl August ’11 and lastly, The Empire State Marathon in October ’11.
Can I do it? I know I can.