Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Update: 5K #2!

I ran my second 5K this weekend! Specifically, it was the Temecula 5K in Southern California. We don't live there, but decided it was a fantastic excuse to take a road trip to visit our friends. I ran the 5K with a friend of 17 years. We go way back.

Enjoying the hot air balloons before the run. Oh my, it was a GORGEOUS day.

My primary goal was to run my second 5K faster than my first, the one that I did in 41:55. My secondary goal was to do it in under 40 minutes.

Before my first 5K, I was running every other day with other cardio/strength in between. Before this run, I wasn't doing as much prep-wise. I was still moving but not doing formal training. In all honesty, I was a bit worried about meeting my goal. Before (and even during) this run, I began to mentally prepare myself for a tertiary goal...to finish without vomiting or passing out. 

The start line.

So, how did I do? 

Are you ready??

Approximately five months after I started this journey (from absolutely no running) I ran my second 5K in 37:10. That's a 12-minute pace people! I impressed my friend and I have to admit that I even impressed myself. 

Forgot to turn on my heart rate monitor until about 30 seconds in. Whoops.

I felt especially good about my time because the course was so hilly. Holy Hills, Batman! Seriously. Don't get me wrong, it was fun to run through the vineyards but it was very dusty and consisted of so many hills. I have to give a shout out to the stranger on the sidelines of the last big hill who yelled to me, as I ran by, "Keep going! There is wine at the end!"

Thanks to those hills, my legs have been yelling at me since Sunday night. Although, the pain could also be attributed to the fact that I busted out some sweet dance moves that same evening, playing Just Dance with our friends' 8-year old. 

This is what I stuffed in my face after the run.
An amazing grilled romaine, butternut squash & pecan salad from PUBlic House.

In addition to the salad pictured above, I also had delicious cream of mushroom soup and a very large beer.

Just keeping it real. 

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