First 5k Done! – Goal Achieved…. What’s Next?

On March 16, 2013, at about 4:00 PM I ran the Luckython 5k, an Uberthon race event. I was super impressed at how organized, professional, and fun the race turned out. There were hundreds of people (nowhere near as big as the Shamrock Run) there for the event. People’s costumes were hilarious. I opted for the “Nike” look with dri fit shirt, and Nike shorts and shoes. 🙂 There was even a small contingent of barefoot runners!

The run was held at the Aloha Reserve golf club, and the course wound through the greens on the paved golf cart path. It was pretty much flat the entire way, with a few very small inclines and declines. The weather was horribly rainy and cold, but after a few minutes of running I didn’t seem to notice or care that much. This was a chip timed run, so the slow waved start didn’t matter until i crossed the sensor for the chip timing to start.

Once I crossed the sensor and my time started, I moved out to a pretty quick pace. I was running with my iPhone and running application, so I was able to check my pace as I went, to ensure that I’d hit my goal time of 30:00. Starting out I rapidly noticed that I was running too fast, and my heart rate started to climb pretty fast, the initial navigation of getting past slower runners, and finding my point to level off was a tad challenging.

I did like the fact that I was running with a group of people. It created opportunities to challenge myself, I’d see someone ahead of me, and I’d think to myself “Hey, I want to catch up with them, and maybe try and pass them.” It was also frustrating at times to be passed. 🙂 When I hit the first mile mark, I felt like I was moving too slow, and was concerned because the mile on the pavement sure felt further than the mile on the treadmill, but I kept at it. Having the running application on my iPhone, it would tell me my pace, and when I was running a 9:30 mile or slower, I would speed up, and then when I would hear that I was running too fast, I would slow down. I ended the race with a 9:41 average.

When I hit the 50% mark, I was worried that I may have to walk some, but I was motivated to run the entire race, and I never did ANY walking. When I hit the three mile mark, the last bit before the finish felt very long, but I  had upped my pace dramatically, I knew I had to be very close if not over my goal. I crossed the finish line at 30:07 just seven seconds over my goal. I was so tired, and my heart rate was in the 170’s. I typically train in the 140’s-160’s.

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What’s Next?

My girlfriend and I (and possibly our two oldest kids) are going to run the “Rum Run” at the end of May, it’s another 5k, with a rum and beer finish! – Yum

I’m going to sign up for a 5k with obstacles, called The Epic Grind, it’s put on by my spin class instructor and has an eco friendly theme. It should be a blast, another post specifically about that race is coming soon!

There’s a mud race that I’ll be doing in August too, along with my girlfriend and a bunch of folks from her office.

I’m trying to keep myself motivated and moving all summer long!

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