I know I’m working on my speed this year, and am making good progress with Project Speedy; but I’m still a pretty slow runner. Not that I mind; I’d rather run slowly than not at all!
Over the last year I’ve met and made a number of running friends. One guy I know, Brian, is really fast. If I’m a tortise, he’s a hare. He ran his first marathon in three and a half hours…that’s half the time I finished mine in! (Unlike the hare of the fairy tale, he certainly did not stop in the middle for a nap!)
But yeah, he’s that fast. I could look at him and other fast runners like him, and get de-motivated because I’m not as fast as they are. I could look at his race times and sigh and decide I’ll never be that fast so I won’t even try. I could look at his training paces and despair that I didn’t discover running when I was younger and skinnier and fitter when I could have expected to be fast.
On Sunday, 15th March I ran the St. Patrick’s Festival 5k. I didn’t get a PB like I hoped but I did learn a lot of good things that will help my future running/racing plans. I can’t say this was my favourite race of all time, but I think it was the most beneficial one!
Before the race I took my usual photo of the start line, which was also the finish line!
So what did I learn from running this race?
A year ago this weekend I ran my first ever race, the 5k Mo Run. You can read my race report if you want, and you’ll see that I was pretty nervous for the race, but also excited. I ran/walked that race in 46:15.
This year I decided to run the 5k again, for nostalgia mostly but also to hit a target time that thus far, I have been unable to hit.
I wanted to run 5k in under 40 minutes.
This morning I ran my second-ever 5k, this time for Aware, a charity that aids people with depression. It was an interesting morning all around, with lots to report, so let’s get on with it shall we?
This Saturday I’m running my second 5k race, the Aware 5k/10k Christmas run. I’m excited about it but also nervous! It helps that this week has been a stressful one at work, I haven’t had much time to really think about it!
Ok, ok, I’ll admit, I’ve been thinking about this upcoming run a lot! But this time, I’m more excited than I am nervous. That’s a good thing right?