Sunday, January 22, 2023

Ran my first 5K of 2023

First 5K in the books & a Half-Marathon for my son!

Yesterday I ran my first 5K of 2023. I had created a training plan for my son who wanted to run a half-marathon so I figured since group offered a 5K as well, I'd run that while he was running the Half. 

His goal was to run a half...big goal was to break 2 hours...dream goal was to run in 1:45 or better. He ran a 1:46! Now, my son is a runner even if he doesn't realize it. He ran cross country a little in school but mainly he focused on track. He ran the 400, 800 and 4x400 relays. So as you can see, distance running wasn't really his thing. But I knew he was my kid and I'd seen him run. He just needed a plan. 

He went out fast, but then again so did I. I wanted to break 40 and I ran a 35:21. The first mile was downhill and flat so it was fast. I hit my first mile at 9:54. I was expecting to be around 12. That's what my effort felt like. Same for my son. He hit his first mile under 7 minutes and he felt like he was running around a 8-8:30 pace. 

He had fun and was proud of himself. He says he may even do it again. For me, I plan on working back up to a half. It'd be fun to run it with him next year. 

As for my personal progress? Well, work has gone off the rails in what is supposed to be my quiet time. I have a special election in March, a county buying new voting equipment and testing it this month and I lost a director in another county so I'm having to watch the office until they can get a new one. I'm up and on the road by 6:30 a.m. and not getting home until after 6 p.m. As a result, my training has been in the toilet, but I have been eating well. Rather than fast food, I've been going to Subway and getting a six inch sub on wheat with a bottle of water or going to the grocery store and getting a sandwich at the deli counter along with a water. I've lost 5 lbs so far. I'm down from 199 to 194 so I'm very happy about that. It's heading in the right direction. 

Today, I didn't run, but I did lift weights in my basement. It's not a finished basement, but there is a concrete floor although it needs lots of work and isn't even in all areas. I have a small space big enough for a bench-type apparatus that has it where the back can go down in a decline, flat, or up at various angles. It must be for kids, or I'm bigger than I think I am because I feel my legs don't fit on the padding part where my legs hang over. Regardless, it helps me keep my back straight during overhead presses and allows me to do a dumbbell bench. 

I am going to figure out a running goal to keep me motivated. I know I want to run a half again, but for right now, I'd like to just get my 5K down under 30 minutes. Honestly, if I do it right, I can actually train for the half and accomplish the 5K goal on the way. 

I really hate that I ever let myself get out of running. At least I retained all the knowledge...LOL. I gave my some tips and tricks I used to get through all the halves I've run. He found them very helpful. Maybe my next post, I'll share those. 

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