I don’t have many races on my calendar these days, I even missed the Soldier Field 10 Miler which is one of my favorites. Love the distance and the finish. I swear I signed up for it at the early bird discount rate, but seems I must have bailed on the registration process before completing it. So disappointing. I have a the Big Ten 10K in July, my official race plan starts next week. In the meantime I decided to take part in the Run for Boston 5K, the goal was for 100% of race entries to help the Who Says I Can’t Foundation and directly to support the rehabilitation of those who lost limbs as a result of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.
I would have loved to have run in person, but it just wasn’t in the scheduled. I did the run local by myself. My plan was to re-run the route of the last 5K race I did in town, I would now the distance was correct and I could race to beat my time. I got a late start and I did not have time to bike over to the route so I checked one of my normal runs against Google Pedometer to figure out a 5K course to run. I am not sure how accurate the distance was so I decided to set the Nike app on my iPod to a 5K as a back. Of course, I have my Garmin as well, but I always give that distance the side-eye. My goal was still to beat my last 5K time. Though I was running alone I still had the race nerves and worries of reaching my goal.
It was a little drizzly and humid, but nothing too horrible. My course was way off, I must have create it wrong. The Nike and my Garmin were pretty darn close for the first half, then My Garmin seemed to jump ahead in distance. I gave the Nike app the benefit of the doubt, after remapping the actual course I ran it seems that the distance was right on (the Garmin was long). At any rate I bettered my time by 2 minutes which makes me feel more positive that in July I can break an hour for the 10K. The in-person Run for Boston 5K event looked like it was a success and lots of fun, hopefully next time.
No time for pictures, I ran in the door and right back out, I had a chocolate-chocolate chip pound cake and a 6 year-old to get to a cake walk!