I am not sure it was the inspiration from a lovely lady who is turning 96 soon, or if it was the Mizuno shoes, or the Tommie Copper calf sleeve and long-sleeved tee that I wore under my Running Diva shirt, or the fact that I have been feeling so great lately… or some combination of all of these things… but today I ran 5 km in 34 minutes and 39 seconds and I am thrilled!
I cannot recall the last time I ran 5km in under 35 minutes and I was really starting to wonder if it was ever going to happen again. Thank Goodness that monkey is off my back. I like to think that time doesn’t matter to me, but apparently it really does.
It started out like any other run. I was going to head out alone while The Captain watched several curling draws on several different channels all at the same time… who says men cannot multi-task… and then he announced that if I could wait till 11 o’clock he would like to come with me. Well, how could I turn that down?
So I made sure I was dressed and ready to go and just before 11 we set out to run what has become our usual 5k around our neighborhood. It was about 5 C and calm and overcast and off we went… it felt a bit speedier, and my legs were feeling good so I thought I would just keep that pace as long as I could. Our first 10 minute segment took us about a block further than normal and we did a one-minute walk break.
The next 10 minute segment took us through my favorite off-leash area on the path that parallels the Strait of Juan de Fuca and I was so happy running along watching so many different dogs running and jumping and playing with each other. I know I picked up my pace a bit more there and the end of that 10 minutes found us a few blocks past our normal point. Another one minute walk break and we were off again.
The third 10 minute segment was harder but I kept it up and by the time that one was done, we were only a few blocks from our 5 km mark. I took the one-minute walk break anyway and then it was an easy 2 block sprint to the finish.
I knew it was going to be close to 35 minutes but was so excited when I checked my watch realized it was well under! The last time we ran this same route was this past Monday and I struggled to get it done in 37:15… today was 34:39 .
W3 R34:39 @ 10/1 W3
stretch 10 minutes
I made sure to stretch out gooood and drink lots of water when we finished, and I got The Captain to take a celebratory picture, too.
Happy 96th Birthday, Grandma Lill! You made my day.
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