I know, I run a 5k every other day on the treadmill, but this one was outside! And it was tough.
I love running on my treadmill. I get less sweaty, I control my pace more, and I don't have to deal with those pesky hills that hurt my knee. But this was a 5k to benefit my former high school (Nathan Hale) and we got some awesome t-shirts that say 'Fit as Hale' so I signed up.
Sidenote- going to Hale was a lot of fun when cheering our really bad teams on, "We're going to beat the Hale out of you!"
So I did it, I put on my Tshirt and pigtail braids and set my iPhone to my training program and took off on the 3.1 miles through my neighborhood.
I started out strong, but it's been a crazy long time since I ran outside. I'm legitmately obsessed with the treadmill. Some of the intervals went better than others.
I walked a bit more than I wanted too, but I was also running faster in my running legs, which BTW is not very fast. At one point in the 5k a small child skipping was ahead of me, but I eventually passed her. Suck it!
I also passed the 20-somethings in their cute tiny running outfits who didn't make it past the first hill running. I did not beat the apparent track team that all sprinted off at start and were probably halfway through The Avengers before I was even halfway done with the run.
But finally, I finished and huffing and puffing sprinted past the finish line and checked my time. 37:15!
The last time I ran a 5k outside (over a year ago) my time was around 43 minutes and when I run on the treadmill every other day my time is usually 38. I shaved time running outside!
Elated and exhausted I grabbed a banana and started my walk back home, oh-did I mention I walked to the 5K cause it was near my house? That was fine before the run, not as much fun the way back.
By the time I meandered home I had a message from one of the other 5Kers that I'd won a medal and she picked it up for me and would give it to my mom. I won a medal?
That made no sense, but she told me I was 2nd in my age group. Best I can figure is there were 2 people in my age group that ran.
It did look nice on Bella Boo.