Sunday, September 2, 2012

Catching up.....5K Personal Record

Wow, I haven't been around here much.

No weigh in today since my scale is still in need of batteries. I suppose I could have bought some at Target today, but that seems like a lot of effort.

So instead you get a post I've been meaning to write for over 3 weeks.

Better late than never, right?

On Aug. 11th East Nashville held their Annual Tomato Arts Fest and Tomato 5K. This was my 2nd year participating.

Honestly, the thought of doing a 5K at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning in August is less than appealing, but this is the best street festival in the city, so I actually enjoy doing it.

This year we were blessed with highs in the mid-80s (instead of 100s) and low humidity. Thank you running Godesses.

Pre Race shot with Miss Lynn and KG

Now, there's that pesky running part.

I hadn't been running much this summer. My triathlon training had me focusing on swimming and biking. I was only hitting the pavement about once a week. Between my triathlon on July 21st and this 5K on Aug 13th I had only ran once. Once!

I decided to set my Garmin for 3 minute run, 1 minute walk intervals to give me something to work towards during the race. When the gun fired, I decided to just run until I needed to rest. I made it about a mile before the first big hill on the course. After walking up that, I ran some more. I definitely ran more than my 3/1 intervals and I knew I was running too fast out of the gate, but I figured it was only 3.1 miles so I should be fine.

Around 2.5 miles I bonked. The sun was starting to bear down and the last portion of the course is especially hilly. I went to my 3/1 intervals and finished the race.

I finished in 38:21 - over 6 minutes faster than my 2011 time of 44:29.

That's approximately a 12:20 minute mile. For 3.1 miles. With no training.

Even though I've failed at the actual weight loss thing for going on  a year now, things like this make me feel amazing. It proves to me no matter what the number on the scale is, I am healthy. I am able to do things I never would have imagined 4 years ago. And those feelings are better than any number on a scale.


Emmie said...

You kick ass, Em. Please stop stressing about the scale. You're doing awesome things.

marisol said...

You are freaking awesome Emily.

Susan said...

Congratulations on your 5k success! Keep up the great work, Emily!

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