I am not sure if it gets better than a 5K wearing all kinds of green and listening to Dropkick Murphys at the starting line. Well, maybe when you add a little Irish jig to the mix!
This past Saturday was the Irish 5K in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I had signed up to do it late last year and was worried as the date approached that I would be walking the entire thing. You see, I didn’t exactly do a lot of training this winter. In fact, I didn’t do a lot of anything this winter when it came to getting active.
But, I was determined. I ran once in January and it was fairly awful. I ran once again last week and it was miserable. So I figured that this would be a run/walk and a good training run. And it was.
The course had a very hilly start but leveled out nicely after that. I had to take several walking breaks, but all in all kept my pace nice and slow and stuck with running for much greater distances than I thought I would be able to do. My finish was 40:27, so a 13:01/mile average. Given the number of times that I walked and my very slow running pace, I’m very happy with this result. And hey – I wasn’t last: I came in 833rd out of 934 finishers. Sheesh. But I finished!
Then yesterday I woke up with a raging sore throat, ear pain, and just generally felt sick. Which makes me sad, because the weather this week is perfect running weather. But I need to take care of myself too. My running goals are set for the year, step by step, and hopefully with nice, slow training and a lot of patience, I’ll reach them all. But even if I don’t – just trying to get there means working out and getting active, and in the end that is what really matters.
Next step: getting back to running 5K distance on a regular basis, without walking breaks, and below 12:30/mile.