Sunday, May 1, 2011

Run for the Zoo - Good, Bad, Ugly

Preface
  • I decided on Thursday to run this 5K simply because my knee didn't hurt anymore on my test run. I knew it wouldn't be a fast race; I was just happy to be running. On the way to the venue, I told husband I wanted to come in under 32 minutes. That would be a good 4 minutes slower than my last 5K, but was probably a realistic goal given my lack of training over the past 2 months.
The Good
  • I started, I ran, I finished.
  • My Garmin says 31:53, so I hit my time goal (barely). [Edit: Official results have me at 31:49, 10:12 pace.]
  • Well organized race with lots of volunteers.
The Bad
  • It was cold and windy, of the low forties and 25mph variety.
  • It was a real struggle to hit my time goal; I have clearly lost a lot of fitness.
  • I didn't really have fun. I usually do. I blame this on the weather.
  • I wanted to finish strong, but I had no energy left at the end. I tend to judge all runs by how I feel at finish, so I have categorized this as a bad run in my mind.
The Ugly
  • Nada

14 comments:

  1. Don't worry you will be back very soon. Good news your knee is holding up and you were able to run 3 miles :)

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  2. Forget the barely. You made your time goal on a windy day. Glad you could run.

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  3. You know what? You are awesome for nailing your time goal on a windy day after weeks without running! I'm really glad that you're running without pain!

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  4. oh well. The weather sounds frightful and you toughed it out!

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  5. Sometimes Mother Nature is just mean. Nice job getting back out there again! This is just the beginning...

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  6. I think one of your "good" bullet points should be that "there was no ugly" :) Congrats!

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  7. I know what you mean about the lack of fitness, it sucks!

    I'm not even sure I could run a 5k right now.

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  8. Congrats on the race and making your goal time!!

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  9. The first race back after a layoff like that is always tough so I'd say you did great! Sure, you didn't have a lot left at the end but you beat your goal!

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  10. Sounds like a pretty good day! Congrats on reaching your goal. I hope the knee feels good!

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  11. Well congrats on not having Ugly!

    You will get back to where you were! No doubt.

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