. . . by running in a 5K Race today! :)
Happy New Year! Today's race was a local 5K Hangover Run, named so because it is held every year on New Year's Day.
Here's a photo of my runner's tag and the t-shirt that was given out to participants. Pretty cool that I was No. 3 when there were upwards of 500 runners there today. Before the race, I crossed paths with the girl with No. 1 and we eyed each other. I don't know why we caught each other's eye, but it was funny.
The weather was perfect for a winter run today: clear, almost sunny with temperatures around 35 F (2 C) and no wind. The no wind is a huge plus because that wind chill factor is brutal on winter running. There's snow on the ground from yesterday, but fortunately it warmed up enough that most of whatever precipitation accumulated on the pavement had melted. In fact, there was only one small section of the route that was a bit slushy, but since no one ahead of me looked like they were slipping, I just ran through it like everyone else.
I finished the 5K (3.1 miles) in 34:35. I think. Or was it 35:34? Or maybe 34:50? Hmm... I'll have to wait for the race results to get posted before I know for sure. Right now I feel good that it's January 1, 2010 and I was out running and in a race no less. Even better, I know I ran an 11 minute mile pace in this race as opposed to the 12 minute mile pace I ran in the 5 Mile Run back in November. I know today's race was a lot shorter than the one in November, so my pace doesn't necessarily indicate improvement. It's probably just because I slow down the longer I run, so my average pace is slower in longer races. Makes sense, right? Still, I'm happy with today's pace. Now if only I could run closer to a 10 minute mile . . .
Actually, I think I'm going to make that one of my fitness goals for 2010! To run a 5K in 31 minutes by January 1, 2011. I think that's a serious challenge for me, but it's my goal nonetheless.
What are your fitness goals for 2010?
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!
January 4, 2010
Edited to add: I checked the race stats online and I ran the 5K in 34:51 which puts my pace at 11:12.9. Not too bad, but I'd still love to get my pace in the 10 minute range. :)