I love data. I love it. I like to look at metrics and trends. Of course, the ONLY way to look at trends is to A) Set a baseline for comparison. B) Collect data.
Today I ran my first 5K of my Year of the 5K. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve raced a 5K. I figured the best way to launch my Year of the 5K was to just run one cold to see where I am.
5K's hurt. But let's not skip ahead.
I selected a Richmond Road Runners Contract Race that benefited a local YMCA charity. I like running the club or contract races because I feel like they’re well organized. Also, the course is one I’ve run a few times, so I am familiar with it and knew the topography.
Since it was less than two weeks since Steamtown Marathon, I wore my marathon race shirt. I figured that way, if I was slow, I was at least wearing a shirt that proved I’m a badass.
I arrive early, registered, and ran about a mile warm up with some high knees and butt kick drills, as well as a few pick ups.
I decided to run without a watch today and just go on effort. The goal was to run at “Max” effort for as long as I could. I lined up a little off the start line because I knew I wasn’t going out to win it.
It wasn’t awful. It was miserable. It hurt like a ‘mo-fo’, or a 5K, whichever actually hurts worse. I had a good time. I chased down a guy ahead of me, dropped the girl tailing me, and in all ran about what I expected. Ok... ok, I ran 1+ minutes faster than I expected. Pulled out a 26:15, thought I would run around a 28:ish.
5th female overall, 2nd in AG. It was a small race, but I’ll take it.
My IT band is still a bit sore as it turns out. Who knew?
Anyways. I’ve now got a baseline upon which to set my standard. The goal is a 5K about every month or so.
Also, have I mentioned that 5K’s hurt?
~savor the run~