First 5k of 2011 is in the record books!
Wow, what exactly was I thinking? I'm on week three of the "Couch to 5K" training application on my iPhone. So why did I think I'd just zip through this one tonight? I guess because at "Race for the Cure" there are so many people and a lot of them walk the 3.1 miles. A much smaller, city-sponsored race is for people who, well, race. Where were the slow, heavyset people who were out there to try and have fun, get a t-shirt and work on fitness? Oh, I guess I was the only one. Nice.
So, I didn't finish dead last. I was in the bottom 10. Easily. My final time wasn't too shabby though at 49:57. I mean, come on, I struggle to run 5.0 miles per hour for 3 minutes on the treadmill at the gym. I was hoping to finish at 47 and thinking there would be a lot of 20-minute-milers walking. Nope. None. Gah!
I will say that 3/4 of a mile into the race BOTH of my feet went numb. By 2 miles my right leg was numb from my foot to almost my knee. I'll be going for a shoe assessment and fitting post haste as I'm going to keep doing these 5ks. I think I could have easily been 2 or 3 minutes faster if my feet weren't totally numb for most of the race.
Long-term goal: I'd like to do a 34 - 36 minute 5k. Short term I'd like to improve my time with each race even if it's just by a second. There is a run at our zoo that's in August then the Race for the Cure again in October and tons of runs around Thanksgiving and Christmas. I want to keep at it because I genuinely do feel better being active and these races are great motivation.
So Monday morning I'll be back at the gym, slogging away on the treadmill doing my C25K training. I'll just get to do it wearing my new race shirt.