To quote Barack Obama: “Is this thing still one?” It’s been four months since my last post – much too long. I had many ambitious goals for 2017, and while I am not as far along as I was expecting to be at this point, they are still attainable. I have, however, become faster, which I will get to in a moment. Before I go on though, I do wish to mention that I am running and exercising pain free for the first time in I don’t know how long – it’s a great feeling!
STATUS OF 2017 GOALS
- run 500 miles – Embarrassed to say I’ve logged only 66 miles thus far, meaning I have a long way to go.
- run a sub 25-minute 5k – Despite my lack of mileage, I am pushing myself harder than ever before. I feel I will achieve this goal at a race this weekend.
- run a sub 2-hour half marathon – My first attempt will be in August.
- ride 1,000 miles on my Peloton – Currenly at 377 miles. I think I’ll achieve this goal.
- complete 100 lifetime Peloton rides – Currently at 91 rides. It’s coming!
Sugar Drop 5k
I ran the Sugar Drop 5k in my hometown on April 1. I can usually go with the flow, but on race day, I do not want unknowns weighing on my mind. The course started and ended at our Town Common, but there was one minor issue: there was conflicting information about where the race actually started! The organizers told everyone to move over to one side of the road, then the other, then another location… I’m sure you get the point. Other than this miscommunication with the organizers, the race was fine and I am happy the proceeds went to a good cause. I was not excited about my time, though: 27:31.
Pirate Nurse 5k
The Pirate Nurse 5k took place one week later, on April 8. The course wrapped around and through our university’s nursing, medical and dental schools. I used to live across the street from these schools, so it was familiar territory for me. I was also excited to run with several friends, one of whom is just beginning to get into running. I did not meet my goal time, but was faster than the week before: 27:06.
Pirate Alumni Road Race 5k
I went into the Pirate Alumni Road Race 5k intending to push myself harder than I ever had before. I’ve sometimes wondered if I have been pushing myself during the entire duration of races as much as I should. My goal was certainly to PR, but also run a sub-25 minute 5k. My friends and I get to the starting line, my Garmin Fenix 2 is ready to go, and we’re off! I immediately push out of my comfort zone, telling myself that I can continue like this for 3.1 miles. I glance at my watch every 30 seconds to check my pace, until… my GPS loses signal and my pace display is gone. I try to reactive the pace display, but ultimately failed to do so. As a side note: ensure your watch is charged to at least 30% before a run if you are interested in actually using all of its features. At this point, I am relying on the actual time of day my watch is displaying and performing calculations from there.
The course is a there-and-back along a street with East Carolina University on one side, and historic houses on the other. I was lucky enough to have a friend who lives in one of those houses, so when I passed (twice), I had a cheering section that pushed me to keep going. I was thrilled to PR, coming in at 25:19, and I placed 3rd in my age group!
I think my pain-free running and exercising has to to with the cross training I have been doing. I am certainly gaining more miles on my Peloton than running on the road, but with a couple of longer distance races I have to look forward to later this year, I am going to have to increase my running mileage AND continue to push my pace every once in a while. I feel I am finally in a good place where I can get faster and be more competitive.