The 5k

October 29th, 2010

Well, we did it. Steve and I ran in the 2010 River Rat Race 5k last weekend in Fort Wayne. Along with about 1,000 other people. Actually more than half were doing the 10k, which made our accomplishment feel just a bit puny, but as I reminded Steve I am sure we are way more fit than all of the people sitting at home eating potato chips. Or the people drinking beer on their porch and watching us run by.

And we were slow. The real lowpoint was realizing we got beat by a woman who looked to be about 8 months pregnant — I still don’t understand this. But we placed about in the middle of the 300 people in our race with a time of about 34 minutes. More ambitious runners may care, but honestly I was in it to A. have a goal and B. get fit. And I ran the ENTIRE time. This is huge for me.

But now that it’s over, I’m worried my motivation is quickly leaving me. I don’t know what’s next. Do I just go out and run 3 miles three times a week? This sounds really boring. Do I just work on my speed? Do I move my goal up 4 miles? Should I sign up for a 10k in the spring or something and work toward that goal? I really don’t want to spend more than 30 minutes running in the morning but I guess I could do a long run on the weekend if I worked up to it…

So, yeah, I need to figure something out before too much time passes. I’m open to suggestions!

One Response to “The 5k”

  1. Dawn on November 7, 2010 10:17 pm

    Congrats on running an entire 5K! I’m proud of you (and Steve, too). Working on your speed will be more fun than running longer distances, so I’d say do that. My favorite speed workout is “2 minute bursts.” Run hard for 2 minutes and jog super slowly for 2 minutes. Do it for 32 minutes. Good luck! Oh, when buy a new running outfit at least once a month.

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