In June, I started using the 9-week couch-to-5K program with the Get Running iPhone app. Since it was summer in HOTlanta, I did all my running/walking on a treadmill at the gym. But I stuck with it and by the end of August, I was able to run 3 miles without any walking breaks, even though I was slow.
Then the question arose: What’s next? The truth is running on a treadmill is incredibly boring and with the couch-to-5K program finished, I didn’t have any goals. I figured the best option would be to train for a 10K race in spring of 2013.
A friend was nice enough to make a training plan for me and help me choose races. I decided to do a few 5K races first. Also, it was time, with fall approaching, to start running outdoors.
At first, running outdoors was much harder than on a treadmill. You have to pace yourself instead of the machine doing it for you. And in my area of northern Atlanta suburbs, there are a lot of rolling hills.
Here’s the map of the race along with some data (I started the recording a little after the start line):
I found running in a race to be a lot more exhilarating than running by myself. It was a lot of fun to pass other runners. That’s how I ended up with my fastest 5K time ever.
According to official Gobble Jog results, my chip time for the 5K race was 31:46.01 and the gun time was 32:33.80. I placed 576/1027 among men and 54/101 in my division (men 40-44) [Of course the ranking is based on gun time.]
I don’t know what the cool kids do about keeping a record of their race times, but I have started a spreadsheet with my race results.
I have another 5K race coming in a week!