My friend texted me yesterday that she ran a Turkey Trot 5K in 32:30! We ran one together back in August and neither of us were that fast, although close. I have been running a lot this year compared to her; she runs 5Ks or 30 min, does yoga, goes hiking, all kind of active things. Oh, and she also completed a 10K on 10/10/10! Me, I just run. Not to discount her activities at all, but I'm thinking that with all the running I'm doing, I should be able to run as fast, shouldn't I? Hearing of her time yesterday felt kind of like a challenge. Could I run a 5K in 32:30?
Today I planned a 5K, just a regular day on the treadmill. But about 10 minutes in I decided to try and match her time, or even beat it. I'm happy to report that I got the exact same time!! And that's actually weird because of how much I varied the speed on this run. I started at a regular pace, so I had to really kick it into high gear at the end. I started at 5.2 on the treadmill and ended at 6.5. For me, that's fast! So my finish time was 32:30 and I recorded my fastest mile to date which was 9:52! I finally exceeded my goal of 10 minutes a mile. I guess the easy paces of this past week were a good lead in to today's run.
This coming weekend I have a scheduled 5K event which I have been waffling about. Do I or don't I? I'm still not sure because if it's cruddy weather, I'd rather skip it than take the risk of getting sick right before Thanksgiving. But if I end up doing it, I now have a time to aim for. Can I do that outside? In the cold? I guess we'll see. Regardless, kudos to my friend on such a great time yesterday and challenging me to keep going. I'm now more on the "do" side for the event on 11/20 thanks to her!
Here's me after my run. I was tired, couldn't even smile. My dark shirt doesn't show the sweat as much as a light shirt would, but trust me, I was drenched!