If you read my blog last week you'd know that on a bit on a whim I signed up to run a 5K Race yesterday. http://www.freetobreath.org. This would be my first ever organized run of any sort, and my second time running that distance at all (the first time was on the treadmill last week, I got a 32:).
The goals I set for myself were as follows:
- Get below 30 minutes
- Do not walk
- Do the best I can
I'm happy to report I ran my first 5k in 28:10. The first mile I ran in 8:40, then in the 9's the second mile. The last mile I did slow a bit to catch my breath few times. It was hard and I was pushing myself. But the last couple of hundred yards I found it in my willpower to sprint through the finish line. I was happy with myself for meeting my goals.
I basically just paced myself behind two runners who were going a speed I was comfortable with. Running with them for over half the race we went, but eventually one of them slowed down and stopped so I passed them. At that point I finished the last mile or so of the race alone.
I'd say about 3-400 hundred people ran the race and I have no idea where I placed as I didn't stay around to find out. The standings will be posted on their website later this week though.
I did the run with a co-worker friend of mine (he ran it in 23:03, he's in a great shape a runs all the time) and we decided that we would continue to run 5k's every few months as it is a good way to stay in shape and gage progress.
In other healthy news I'm headed to get some blood work done this morning. I'm have a physical as well as my cholesterol and blood pressure checked. I have no idea when I had this done last so I figured why not now.