This past Sunday was Let’s Move Day at Spencerville Church and I participated by doing the 5k alongside about 100 other church members.
My goal was to run the out and back course in less than 40 minutes at a goal pace of 12:54 min/mi or less for the run. A little depressing because that would have been a goal easily met last month before I messed up my back.
The last time I did a 5k was my first year at college, 5 years ago, as a way to get extra credit in a fitness class I was taking. I hadn’t trained or done anything to prepare beforehand I finished in a little over 49 minutes.
More people showed up on Sunday morning than I had expected and it was really cool to see entire families getting ready to run including a couple moms with their running strollers and a few dogs.
We started off with a quick prayer before being ushered across the road to the sidewalk. A sidewalk that I’ve apparently never noticed in my 14 years of attending this church! It wasn’t too long before Brady was running off and looked like a little dot in the distance.
Most of the kids also started off running pretty quick but I figured that most of them would get tired and start to drop back after half a mile or so. Some of them did, but I was surprised how many of them kept on running even though you could see they were tired. Kids can be pretty stubborn little things.
A few minutes before reaching the halfway point, Brady and I passed each other heading in opposite directions. He was running in 3rd place at that point and looked like he was still holding up pretty well. He’s a natural endurance athlete. No fair.
During the second half, I had some pain, a little added numbness in my right foot, and it sort of felt like I was running up stairs so I did some more frequent run/walk intervals.
The last half mile was a mental game to keep my legs moving because I was starting to get close to the 40 minute mark and I just had to beat the goal I had set for myself.
I ended up finishing with a time of 39:12!
I’m pretty sure a kid 1/4 of my age did it at least 10 minutes faster than me, but overall this was a lot of fun for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever done any kind of race with any of my friends. I’m hoping that this will be an upward trend and I can convince them to jump into these kinds of events with me more often. 😉
All photos taken by Merle Poirier and used with permission.