|1st 5K Race - March 2009|
Scope It Out 5K
1st 5K race March 2009: 37:15 (11:59 min/mile)
2nd 5K race May 2009: not timed, ran pushing a jogging stroller, kicking myself for not getting it timed
3rd 5K race Nov. 2009: 37:03 (11:55 min./mile)
After a year long hiatus from running races....
4th 5K race Nov. 2010: 31:49 (10:14 min./mile)!!!
It's not super fast, I know, but holy cow, it felt HUGE! I've wanted to run a sub 11 min./mile pace and I DID IT.
5th 5K race June 2011: ran with friend at her pace (her 1st 5K!)
6th 5K race Aug. 2011: 31:25 (10:06 min./mile)
7th 5K race Oct. 2011: 28:27 (9:09 min./mile)
|3rd 5K Race - Nov. 2009|
Race for Breath 5K
How fast or slow a runner is is all relative. I know that a 9:09 min./mile pace is still not fast compared to so many of my readers' 5K pace, but my point in posting all my 5K times to date, is to show (and to remind myself) that in time, a turtle like me, CAN break out of the turtle shell and eventually become a little faster. You just need to be patient. This is something I am realizing I'm not good at....being patient. I need to be patient so that I don't get injured again.
|4th 5K Race - Nov. 2010|
Race for Breath 5K
I needed to look back to my turtle roots because this past Saturday, on my 10-miler, I was sooooo sloooow. I ran 10 miles at an 11:59 min./mile pace. Granted, there were a few hills, and I was pushing against a strong headwind for 1 mile at the end AND at Miles 8 and 7, but man, did I feel like a turtle with a capital "T." It felt so discouraging.....10 miles in almost 2 hours!
Digging up my 5K race times helped remind me that I will get faster some day on my longer runs, and that I have come a long way from my 14 min./mile pace. It's been a struggle, but I'm happy to have re-discovered my happy long run pace, an 11 min./mile pace for distances over 5 miles. I am learning to embrace the turtle that is me. I just need to keep going, to keep running, to stay smart when training to avoid getting injured, and I need to be patient.
Are there any 10 min./mile +PLUS runners out there like me?
|6th 5K Race - August 2011|
Sunrise Stampede 5K
|7th 5K Race - October 2011|
Heritage Hunt 5K