I have finally achieved a personal goal of mine – running the elusive sub-30 5K. It’s not the only goal I have, but one that I have been chasing for the past two years, the last time I ran a 5K. I’ve gotten close before with in the Palmetto Half Marathon’s 5K in April 2013 .
Last night, I did it fair and square.
I wasn’t sure I was going to make it because I took the first mile way too fast. I know the time I wanted to achieve but MapMyFitness wasn’t working, so I was trying to run by feel. I ran the stopwatch on my phone and when I reached mile 2, I was at a little more than 18 minutes. That glance gave me 11 minutes to go uphill and I was not sure if I was going to make it. I know I probably walked about a minute to slow down my breathing.
It was great to see and run with the ladies for The Guardians of Night K-9 5K that benefited the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit.
I haven’t been running a lot lately. I’ve just been living in the gym. It’s helped me get stronger which in turn has gotten me faster. I have been able to sneak in a mile here and a mile there. Nothing substantial.
The last race I ran was as a member of the Palmetto 200. I knew then that I was faster and stronger. I hadn’t seen times like that come up on my watch ever. Running relays have become one of my favorite ways to run. You get to do more than run with other crazy running enthusiasts. It’s actually kind of crazy to spend more than 30 hours going from Point Y to Z, but I’d do it again.
I am actually looking to do another Ragnar Relay in 2016. I’d love So Cal, Del Sol, Nappa Valley or even Reach the Beach. We’ll see what happens in 2016 with this and my other running fun.
What personal running goals have you achieved?