I spent the morning of this Labor Day holiday laboring through a 5K run. This is the 2nd 5K I’ve run in my life, but it’s the first in recent years. I managed to jog the whole thing which thrills me immensely. I was shooting for a time under 32:00, but that didn’t happen. I managed to complete it in 33:06 which is a respectable time when you look at my runs over the past 2 weeks.
The hardest thing about running in a race instead alone is the other people. When other people are involved, it made me want to run faster to keep up. It was also hard at the beginning because I was having to move around to pass people. When I’m by myself it’s really easy to zone out and ignore everything around me.
I’m happy that I managed to make a short term goal and make it happen. It’s always a boost to the ol’ ego when you can set out to do something and then actually do it. Now I have a baseline time that I can try to beat on the next race.