Sunday, May 03, 2009

2009 Run for the Zoo race report.

Nearly 4 years ago I did my first 10K. It was a grueling, discouraging ugly experience in which I was dead last. I did not record my time anywhere, and can't find it anywhere on the Internet, but I believe it to be around 2 hours.

This was interesting to me because today I did a 10k on roughly the same course. There were a few different streets, but it was in the same neighborhood. I was prepared to do my Galloway-style one minute walk/one minute run thing, but surprisingly, I found that I could run out the whole thing.

About the first mile, I was passed by a guy with a jogging stroller, despite a ban on strollers, (remember, rules are for suckers). I just dug in and tried to keep an even pace. The first two miles of any road running I have a burning right where my feet join my legs, in front. I don't know what to make of it, but it abruptly stops hurting right about mile 2. Poof, gone, just like that.

This happened today, and I did wind up walking a minute or so trying to figure out how to ease up the pain, but finally I just sucked it up and ran. As always, the pain disappeared about mile 2, and then I surprised myself by holding what is (for me) a decent pace for the rest of the race.

I finished in 1:10, which is almost a PR for me. I felt good and wasn't all breathless like I usually am. Considering that I'm still pretty heavy and just getting back to my training, it's another encouraging experience. My hams are paying the price for my adventure, though.

Afterwards, Baboo and I joined some family for the 5k walk, on which I did not PR. I was pretty impressed by my young nephew, though, who walked the whole thing and then a couple miles back to our relatives house, for a total of about 5 miles. Like I told him, he went further today than any of his classmates ever have, and statistically, ever will. I have to credit his mom, who takes him for walks often because she's a big believer in kids being fit.

(Oh, he's FOUR, by the way.)



  1. congrats on the 10k! very cool to see how far you have come since the beginning; you've definitely made tons of progress and will continue to do so! also cool about your nephew and kudos to his mom for putting active-ness as a priority.

  2. Kudos to you and that fine nephew of yours!

  3. "rules are for suckers" - That cracked me up. :) Congrats on a good race! Hope the shirt looked like the cool poster.

  4. Great job on the race.

    Another note on the strollers --> My recent 5k allowed strollers and this one man in particular was rocking it. He had one of those double strollers and beat me! Incredible.

  5. Great race and good time.

  6. Great job on the 10K, doesn't it feel great to look back and see how far you've come?!? :)

  7. Good for you. I don't run because my knee always acts up. It never bothers me unless I try to run. Also, I hate running. I like exercising, but I hate running.

  8. Yay for almost-PRs and yay for you nephew! I have dragged my daughter around fun run/walks since she was quite young & it hasn't done her any harm (you just have to ignore the whining at first).

  9. Great job. Really cool about your nephew too.

  10. Well done on your run...I know your "hams" don't think so, but still great job.

    When my daughter was 4 I took her out and we rode 10 miles on bikes and when we got back she said she didn't want to ride her bike tomorrow.

    I guess 10 miles was a little too far ;-)

  11. Great going - I know how hard it is to get back into it after a break!

  12. Congrats to you on the 10k and your nephew on his 5k. Quite a successful day for all!


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