Yesterday I ran in our local Run for the Schools 5K.
It’s the first 5K race that I’ve done since last November. Although I run 5K’s all of the time in my training programs, there’s something a bit different when you run in an actual race, isn’t there? I wasn’t nervous at all. Since the race was here in our town, I knew most of the people running, and the route was around town, so I was just looking forward to running, getting a workout in, and hopefully setting a new PR. My goal was to run under 36 minutes.
It was a beautiful morning. The temperature was in the 60’s. I thought I was starting out slow, but it turned out that I ran mile 1 in 10:44, which I think is the fastest first mile I’ve ever run! The second mile was a bit slower: 11:04, but I stopped at a water station to drink some water, so I think that’s what slowed me down a bit. Mile 3 was a PR:
I ended up crossing the finish line with a new 5K PR:
Woo hoo! I had wanted something under 36 minutes and this exceeded my expectations! Yeah!
The rest of the day was spent doing the normal Saturday chores: grocery shopping, cleaning the house, and laundry. I didn’t feel like making dinner, so I had a salad and frozen pizza for dinner.
This was the first time I’ve tried the Tofurky brand of frozen pizza. The vegan frozen pizzas are a bit expensive, and so I don’t eat them very often. I like Tofurky products, so I thought I’d give this pizza a try. It was very good! Small (boo.), but good!
I also finished a book I was reading.
Ray Zahab was the type of guy who got picked last at gym while growing up. He was a two-pack a day smoker. One day he decided to stop smoking and started running. He ultimately ended up running ultramarathons, winning quite a few of them. I had seen this guy in a documentary called, Running the Sahara, in which three guys decide to run across the Sahara desert. It took these guys over 100 days, running over 4600 miles! I thought that reading more of this guy’s story would be interesting. The book was good, but I thought it could have used more detail. I felt like the book was just a quick, brief recap of this guy’s racing career and I felt like the struggles associated with this kind of running were a bit downplayed. Overall, though, I thought this book could be inspirational for those who think that achieving dreams is impossible.
12-mile run today. It’s supposed to be hot today, so I’m headed out as soon as I finish this blog before it gets too warm out.
Have a wonderful Sunday!