Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Second 5K Race


I ran my first 5k back on May 21st. At the time, my goal was simply to finish the race, and I did. I was proud of myself for getting that far. I had just started working out consistently with my crossfit trainer in May as well, so I was on a good trajectory.

Now, after a whole summer of crossfit, I decided it was time to try another 5k. I was pretty worried, because I'd just bought some new running shoes, and they were giving me really painful shin splints when I ran. I didn't know what might happen at this 5k. I was worried that I might have to walk half of it, once my shin splints started hurting too much, but I was going to go for it one way or another.

All I really wanted, my goal this time around, was to beat my time from my first 5k. Last time, I ran it in 40:48. Anything less than that would be an achievement.

Well, I'm here to tell you that I again achieved my goal. My final time for this race was 32:36, a full eight minutes less than last time. I feel pretty good about that.

On top of that, my shin splints never bothered me for even a moment. I wore some long socks that I bought the night before. I don't know if that was what did it, or just the resting of my legs previous to the race, or what, but I did just great. No pain at all.

I probably won't run another race until after winter passes us by again. We'll have to see how I can improve by then. Excelsior!

4 comments:

  1. Great job Big! I have had shin splints several times (the cost of having to run in ranks). I wear shin sleeves or compression socks and they help a great deal. It also helps to lengthen your stride, which is why I always get them when we're in ranks. 8 minutes is quite the improvement. I'm very impressed. Hell, I'm in the military and in decent shape and I only run a 25:30. Not that far ahead of you.

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  2. That's fantastic! Well done you. xx

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