Shamrock 5k Fun Run in Dublin, CA

I did my first 5K ever today! It was a completely different experience from the treadmill or from jogging in my neighborhood. I started toward the back with the strollers and other “slow” people (those that need 13+ minutes for a mile), and quickly realized that their idea of slow and my idea of slow are two different things. Everyone in my group was walking! And they were in my way. Seriously, who goes 6 abreast holding hands and literally blocks the entire road? I know it’s a “fun run” but really? Oh well, I found my way around them and got started.

I actually jogged about half of my first mile and felt pretty good. When I needed to walk, I walked, and when I felt ready to jog, I jogged. Most of the people around me did the same thing. They called out 13:46 when I passed the first mile marker, which is about average for me.

The second mile somehow went faster. I’ve never had that happen before. And that was with a hill. I kept with the same strategy as with the first mile and made great time – they called out 26:46 as I passed the 2nd mile marker. 13 minute mile – super fast!

The third mile was on a paved trail road called the Iron Horse Trail. It looks like a fun place to jog/walk normally (if I lived in the area I’d go there). The only downside was that the trail was narrower than the 2-lane road that we were on before, so it was harder to get around the people. DH was in the spectator area, cheering me on and taking my picture.  I still followed the same routine, but my time suffered because of it – 40:40 at the 3rd marker (almost a 14 minute mile).

With only 0.1 miles to go I ran faster and passed the finish line at 41:03. The only thing I have to compare this jog with is my treadmill run, which was 44 minutes for the same distance. So with that comparison, this is a personal best! Go me!  According to DailyMile, my average speed was 13:14 per mile.

On the downside my left thigh is killing me. I know it’s because my stride babies my left knee quite a bit and my quads are a bit on the weak side. I’ll do some yoga and some walking until Wednesday, when I’ll get back to jogging and strength training again.

So excited! I can’t wait for my next 5k!

Exercise Update 2/21/11

I bit the bullet and signed up for a 5k.  It’s not like I can run the whole thing (more like half), but you don’t have to run the whole 5k to have completed it, right?  So, on March 13th I’ll be running the City of Dublin’s 13th annual 5k Shamrock Fun Run/Walk.

When I told DH that I was going to sign up for it, he said “You better get to running!”  Then he set up the treadmill for me while I changed out of jeans and a t-shirt.  I set the incline to 1% and got started.

A 5k is 3.1 miles and I wanted to see if I could complete it in under 45 minutes.  I did!  I went 3.11 miles in a little under 44 minutes.  Yay!  All I have to do is keep working on the time (and my ability to jog continuously) by training 3 or 4 times a week.   At least one of the jogs will be outside in my neighborhood, since the race will be outside in a hilly-ish locale.

So, yeah…  I jogged and walked and completed a 5k on my treadmill.  Go me!

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