Yes, I’m a lucky guy.
Three chocolate hearts and a cute lady by my side 🙂
Today’s run is a Valentine’s run but they do it the weekend afterwards because the Hospital puts on a 5k for Heart Health Week, plus the RD can get the big chocolate hearts for super cheap after Valentine’s Day!
It was Desi’s first 5k race ever, after about 3 months of being a runner. Her goal was to not finish last, which she accomplished.
My goal was to run as hard as I can to judge my fitness. I’ve not done a hard workout in a few months and have been averaging more weekly miles than ever, so I wasn’t sure how today would turn out.
I started the race, literally I started the race by firing this super old starting pistol. Everyone took off and I walked the gun to the timing guy, so I started in last place 😉
After that I started my GPS since I wanted an accurate pace/distance measurement of me running without the walk to the timing man. I took off and started passing people, catching up and passing the leader before the mile mark.
It was a lolly pop loop so I got to see many people once we joined back up and Desi gave me a high five!
The final mile was a bit slower and lower effort than the first two since I was solo and not 100% sure where to turn, but it all worked out.
I’m super happy with how the race ended up. My 5k time was 18:45, :09 off my PR and I’ve done absolutely zero running at this pace for longer than :30 strides in a few months and I’ve been running much higher weekly volume than I ever have before. I’m really looking forward to some more 5k’s and some PR’s!!!
Also super happy with the last week of training.
Just over 10 hours and felt great! My average weight this week was a quarter pound less than the average the previous week and 5.6 pounds less than the average for the final week of 2015.
Now comes a slight unloading week, and then back at it!