Sunday, February 15, 2009

First 5K

Finishing with Bekah
Originally uploaded by Tom H. Jones
So I finished my first 5K yesterday morning. Noel signed me up for an Annapolis Striders "couch to 5K" program. I have to say that all in all I am really pleased with the program.

We met every Saturday morning for the last couple months for training at one of the local school tracks. We started out the first week with 3 minutes of running and 1 1/2 minutes of rest. This actually was a bit tough the first week. I got some really obnoxious shin splints. Shin splints has been the limiting factor in my running in the past and I was really worried that they were going to keep me from completing the program. Fortunately one of the coaches was able to give me a set of streches that have become an essential part of my pre-ride routine and have kept the shin splints at bay.

It was extremely satisfying each week to increase the distance and time and not actually die. It also helped out alot that we have a treadmill in the basement and can train indoors during the winter.

On Saturday I set out with two main goals 1) finish the race in less and 30 minutes and 2) not walk any of the course. I am pleased to report that I was able to achieve both of my goals. I rolled across the finish line at 29:45 and ran the whole course. The course was decent - a few hills here and there but nothing out of control.

It was great that mom and dad and the kids were there to cheer me on. Noel ran the race as well, but I only saw her at the start line, saw her at the turn around and saw her nice and relaxed at the finish line. She rolled across the line 7 minutes before me. She was there cheering loudly for me at the end. She was a very good cheerer.

I think I'll probably do another 5K (there's one with beer in Baltimore on St. Patrick's day) and may start working on a 10K.
Here's the course:

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