Ok, never mind the fact that it was a tiny little 5K ‘race’. There was no special timing chips or start waves or even web page. Never mind that it only had 20-25 people in it. That’s all besides da point. Because for the first time evah, I actually won a race. Kinda like Steve’s win (but mine was waaay less significant than his). It’s the little victories that matter. And it was really cold (ok, it wasn’t supercold, but it was the coldest it’s been since like last winter).
And it was sorta hilly. Two sets of 3/4 mile long slow grinding hills. And there was Poker cards – he who collected the best hand got a prize. But that’s not how I got my win – I just simply ran my ass off. My total time was 18:50 for the 5K (6:04/mile).
I didn’t get anything for the win, although someone took my photo as I came through the ‘finish’. But I did go get a smoothie afterwards, cause my butt normally isn’t up that early so I needed something more to keep me going through the morning. The 2nd place guy was about 10 seconds back. I stayed about 10 feet back for the first 2.5 miles, and then snuck up and dropped him on the last .5 mile of hill.
After working for 8 hours, I then broke out the running shoes again and did my intervals for the day. Did 8x400m @ 80s a pop. Hit all my goals, including a 69 second final 400m. That hurt, but it was awesome too. Speaking of hurting, on last night’s 5.4 mile Pacers run I managed to eek out a 6:20 pace (over very hilly stuffs), which was seriously rockin’ the house. I was fairly psyched about that. And then I remembered I had to get up at 5:45AM for this little ‘race’. And then I also remembered I’ve got 10 days to figure out how to hold that pace for double the distance. Less phys-age after both of those thoughts.
So all in all, the running schedule is moving along well – and ‘on target’. Although the hard stuff comes this weekend…