Friday, November 23, 2012
So, in the spirit of running a race a month and in an effort to pre-burn calories before the Thanksgiving meal, Mr. H. and I signed up for the Cleveland Turkey Trot five-mile race. Originally I thought this was a 5k, not a five-mile race. But hey, what's a couple extra miles, right? Actually, not that bad, though there was a hill right in the middle that slowed me down.
The good news for me is that after all that marathon training, I really have increased my speed. I finished in 46:57, which was 91 out of 296 in my age group and 3163 of almost 7,000 runners. Mr. H.'s stats, for those of you interested, were 20/251 age group, 401st overall; finishing time of 35:17.22; 7:03 pace. My pace was 9:23. I'm really happy with that. I'd like to keep pushing myself to a pace closer to 9 minutes, at least for a 5k.
But to do that, I really need to get back on the wagon about running during the week. A once a week 4-5 mile run on Saturday or Sunday just isn't going to be enough. During my marathon training, I had been lucky enough to be able to find some time during the week to run on the treadmill in our small workout room. I've been working on a couple of larger projects at work, so I haven't been able to find that time. I keep telling myself that I need to get up early and run before work. But with the temperatures dropping, I'm not sure how realistic that will be.
Mr. H. and I need to find a race for December to run. In January we're thinking of doing a 1/2 marathon in Chicago - cause we're crazy like that. I predict it will either be a slow run because it's so icy or a fast run because it's so cold and I want to get it over with. Either way, it'll be interesting.
As an added bonus, you can see the one and only photo they managed to capture of me: http://www2.brightroom.com/105115/3142, lovely isn't it. Mr. H. fared better: http://www2.brightroom.com/105115/3141. A blog topic for another day, why-oh-why my race photos are usually dumb looking.
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