As you may have seen from my previous fitness post, I’m training for a half marathon in November! I’m really getting into the training now with my long runs in the double digits, and I start speed work soon (which I’m completely dreading, btw). I don’t know if I’ve ever run a race WHILE training for another race, but I saw this 5K as a fun social opportunity with friends and a great way to see what kind of pace I can run right now. After the race there were food trucks, live music, and beer; basically making for a really fun night. The weather started to get the idea that it should be fall and it was a beautiful night to run!
Sam and his coworkers created a team that they let me be on. (Thanks guys!) We ended up placing third as a team out of 43! Pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I was also really happy with my personal time; I just broke 21 minutes; averaging less than 7 minutes a mile. Not too shabby for being in “distance training mode” and putting the speed back for the first time in a while. I finished as the third place woman overall, with the other two women within 20 seconds of me. I’m not upset about being so close to the other women because that means I was running with the best of the women there. I never run 5K’s so I was really proud of how well I competed. (I also heard one of these women runs 5K’s EVERY. SINGLE. WEEKEND. yeah…)
I have no more races planned until the half marathon, though. I’m using this 5K as an assessment point to see what I want to focus on as I continue training. I obviously have a little more distance to put in, but I’m really not too far off the race distance right now because I ran 11 miles on Sunday. I DO know that I want to really challenge myself in terms of pace for the half marathon. I’ll update you as I start speed work and tactics I try to use on normal and distance runs to improve this aspect of my race. I’m super thankful for a fun night to run and looking forward to seeing how this improves my half marathon!
*ALSO, funny story from the race:
When I was being presented my award, the gentleman had to ask me if I was 21… (The prize included a large bottle of beer) Someday I’ll be thankful for looking young I guess!
I get this question
ALL. THE. TIME. How could I possibly enjoy running? Now I know running isn’t everyone’s cup of
tea, but it’s by far my favorite way to exercise. There are so many physical
and mental benefits to running, some personal added bonuses, and definitely a
boost of confidence it gives me to run.
So there are a few
things that are absolute positives with running:
You need very little equipment and very little coordination (perfect for me, lol)
It is something you can do totally alone (who else needs a little “me time?”) or in a group (there are so many running clubs to join)
You always feel better after you run, ALWAYS
It makes you happier (scientifically proven)
It can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight
All these reasons (which are just SOME of the benefits to running) are why I enjoy running. But specifically from all the reasons listed above, one of my favorite is using running as “me time.” I don’t listen to music, or podcasts, or really anything when I run. (yes, you can call me crazy now.) If I’m running alone, it’s my time to just be with my thoughts. Sure, sometimes I’ll listen to a little rap music before I run so I’ll sing a couple songs in my head. Also, the weird organizer, “Type A” part of me loves to make lists in my head and schedule my day while I run. But don’t get me wrong, I like running with people too. And probably my second favorite part about running is how it makes me feel so much stronger and leaner. Not to mention it really picks up my appetite; which is a great added bonus because I love food!
A lot of people may not understand me when I say I love running, but it’s definitely my favorite way to exercise. I love pushing myself to set new goals. And when you achieve those goals…. There is seriously no better feeling.
A few quotes related to running I’ve heard over the years that I love: “There is no one that can let you down in running except yourself.” And, “You’ll get out of running what you put in;” which may be one of my favorite parts about it! If there’s any of you reading who also like running, let me know why! And of those who don’t, what’s your go-to work out and what do you love about it?