My second-ever 5k: done! I am still alive and even had the strength to cut up a watermelon after I crossed the finish line.The Women’s Distance Festival & Run After the Women 5k was held at Bluemont Park, a beautiful little suburban getaway that I would have never discovered and somehow managed to place myself in, thanks to a complex public transportation adventure.Unfortunately my time on the bus and subway meant that the whole 20-minute stretching/jogging warmup didn’t happen. I pretty much walked off the bus at 6:59 p.m. and to the start line at 7:00. And then before I knew it, it was over!
The best thing about 5ks are that they are over in 20-30 minutes and then you get to hang out for twice as long with your runner friends.The official times aren’t up yet! But I think I finished around 22 minutes. Not bad considering it was 90 degrees, but not as fast as I ran last year! The best news is that I took third in my age group and got a Starbucks gift card. Yippee.
I took it much slower on this morning’s short jog.
Then it was time for some “run-specific” strength training, which I hate doing. But apparently it’s good for you — check out this Runner’s World article on the benefits of certain exercises. I never really thought that muscles in my upper body were that important for running, but apparently they’re essential to maintaining good form.
Stay strong today!
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