As a look back on this month I have not run a lot, but I've been working more on getting faster than running farther. Today, I had a 5k race that I originally wanted to run in under 30 minutes. This would have been a stretch, but a reasonable goal except that we had snow, wind and ice working against us. I decided that my goal was to finish and to have all of my limbs in their current state. I accomplished this and getting a new personal record. I don't know exactly what my official time was for the race, but according to my Garmin I got 30:40. This is a whole minute faster than my fastest recorded time this year. I'm extremely pleased with this because it was a difficult run. I am realizing now that I should have had some "yaktraxs" which I knew about before the run, but wish I had for this run.
I got to the run early and I spoke with a few of the other runners. There is just something about having running in common that takes away any of the social awkwardness away. I talked with the guy who won the race while we were waiting for it to start (in the warmth of the building). I also talked with another guy who just ran his first marathon this year. It's cool to be able to relate to people even though I never saw them before. I also was standing there watching the awards and I ended up speaking with the guy who won our age group (30-39). I think he finished in 22 minutes and some change. The cool thing is that winning my age group is something that I obviously would love to do, but it's not high on the priority list. I'm racing against myself and I beat myself by a WHOLE minute! That's a really long time for a 5k (at least in my book).
The biggest thing that I want work on this year is being more consistent during the weekday runs/gym workouts. I am really good getting out there on the weekend, but during the week seems to be a challenge. As I mentioned before in post, I don't think of myself as an "all or nothing" kind of guy when it comes to exercise, but that seems to be my tendency. I am working on my cross-training during this season to make sure that I am continuing to be stronger and run faster.
Again my "bottom line" goal for 2013 is to run a half-marathon in under 2 hours (1:59:59 would work)
Get under 30 minutes for the 5k (I might make this even harder depending on how things go during the Frozen Foot 5k Series
I hope that my posts are an inspiration to you. I write about this for my own accountability and so that you can see the reality that "if I can do this so can you!"
2013 is coming ... so get out there!