This is my first post about running outside of Twitter. On Thursday (Thanksgiving) I completed my first 5K race in 32:43. From what I’ve been told by some other people I know who run, that’s not bad for a first time. I was 2457 overall and 143 in my age bracket. There were 14,000 runners and walkers in the event. The final results haven’t been posted online yet, so I don’t know how many people actually ran to get a better idea where I was in the group.
I began running in May of this year. My first time running I went 2.66 miles total. The first mile was 12:10 and the second was 14:33. The final partial mile was an 18:27 pace.
On Thursday, my mile paces were: 9:17, 11:01, 10:20, and 8:52 (partial) during my first race.
At this point I’ve only completed two runs over four miles. The first one was on September 9. Here’s how that run went.
Yesterday I got a new pair of shoes (first real running shoes) and decided to go break them in. I was originally planning on going for a short run, but somewhere in the second mile I hit my stride and started feeling better… so I kept going. Here’s how that run went. I probably should have kept the distance low since I was breaking in new shoes. My shins and calves are pretty sore, and I expect them to hurt more tomorrow. This run was .73 mph faster on average.
I’ve started researching some 10k or half-marathon options for my next race which I hope to do in a few months. Until then I’m going to be racking up the miles and trying to go further and faster. I’ve been training with the “Jeff Galloway’s Ultimate 5k” app by Lolo and it’s been going well. I have a couple more weeks left in my current schedule, including a run that’s a little over 7 miles. We’ll see how that goes.