I did it!

My race results
About a month ago, I blogged that I would be doing the 5K race at the Woodinville Country Slough Run. Well, I did it today.

I had set some reasonable goals: Finish in under thirty minutes and don't walk. I had privately hoped to run 9:30/mile splits, but I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it, since I hadn't run at this pace in my training yet.

I shouldn't have worried. I finished in 25:10, which works to be 8:07 splits or so, and I did run the whole race. I finished 162nd; I'm not sure how big the field was, but I seemed about mid pack. The results should be up on the site soon, so it'll be fun to see where it all shook out. (And, no, I'm not too embarassed that the person who finished just ahead of me was an under-13 girl. I think I saw her taking steroids before the race.)

Team IE after the race

The race was especially fun because we had nine people from the IE team running together. Bruce and Rob finished first (with Bruce, a hard core runner with a marathon under his belt, finishing with a new personal best). Everyone finished under thirty minutes, so it was a good race for us all. More important, the motivation of having a goal and a group of people to complete it with kept me working out through the last month.

While my legs recover, I'm already looking for my next race. Any ideas?

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I ran my first official race today, the Woodvinville Country Slough Run. I ran with a bunch of people at work, including the esteemable Mr. Chor, who has some other pictures and info on the race. For me, it was... Read More

I ran my first official race today, the Woodvinville Country Slough Run. I ran with a bunch of people at work, including the esteemable Mr. Chor, who has some other pictures and info on the race. For me, it was... Read More

2 Comments

Adam Stiles Reply

Congrats on settings a goal and accomplishing it! Not to spoil the celebration, but have you set your next goal yet?

Adam

Tony Reply

Thanks, Adam. I want to make sure I keep running. I have a bad habit of doing things for a while and then moving on. Therefore, I think I'll keep setting 5K races out a few weeks apart. I'd like to get under 24:30 next time, probably later this month.

I am thinking about some goals further out. A natural one would be to move up to a 10K or a sprint/short/mini triathalon (although that would require a bike investment). Maybe I should pick one of those out for Feb or so. I'll think about it and post my next goal here.

Ultimately, the races are a means to an end. I'm really just trying to lose some weight and get/stay healthy. It's nice that I've discovered I kind of like running too.

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