Remember when I said I had a little goal of running 12 5K races in 12 months?
Well, I've failed.
Because here it is, only NINE months, and I've already DONE my 12.
South Hero, Vermont
Place: 10/16 F age 50-54
73rd female in 251 total runners
- A year ago, I never would have dreamed I'd have done this.
- I'm so glad I did.
- I'm not stopping now, but I have no aspirations to run longer distances.
(Warning: This attitude could change at any minute.)
But I really do love the 5K distance because:
- Long enough for me to feel like I've done something.
- Keeps me fit enough, and complements my strength training nicely, without wearing me out and tearing me down.
- Short enough to prevent injury.
- Fun and challenge without [much] misery.
- I love the people I meet and see over and over again at the races.
All that said, this morning's racing conditions were pretty darn good, and I really DO want to improve my time. I was hoping today would be the day that I came in under 30 minutes. Damn, so close!
Just after the Mile 1 marker (at which a wonderful GMAA guy was calling out times -- mine was 9:20), my left Achilles tendon started to hurt. Since, apart from near heatstroke at last week's super-hot evening race, I have not felt any pain -- and since I hold one desire paramount: I don't.want.to.hurt.anything -- I pulled back a bit on the pace. But at the turn-around mark, the pain completely went away, and there was a lovely cool breeze. I felt like I was sailing.
So I was a little disappointed when I got to the finish line to find that I was finishing just about at my usual pace. I seem to finish at about the same time no matter the conditions. Awful cold temperature and hilly course? Flat course, deadly hot? Flat course, not too bad a temperature, and a nice breeze?
Same time for all of them.
Not exactly, but definitely within the same range. I'm nothing if not consistent. So I'm reliable. That's a good thing, right?! But I haven't broken 30 minutes yet. And I want to.
So anyway, I'll just keep on keepin' on. At my next 5K, I'll be in a different age category. Gulp.