Saturday was the big day – the 5k sweat your thorns off race! It was a virtual race held online by the remarkable Adam at The Boring Runner. For some fun he posted a 5km challenge race, all you have to do is sign up and go!
I was stoked, I was even going to wear the race bib he posted! Alas-my printer was out of ink!!!! *Sad face*
I stuck with my regular 5 km so there weren’t any surprises – uphill for 2/3 of the way and then downhill home baby. It was hot as balls out, and hazy with smog to boot. What a crappy day. A large part of me wanted to forfeit, but I bullied myself into it, calling myself every excuse for lazy ass I knew, and off I went muttering back to myself about being such a hard ass. (“Hard ass? You want a hard ass? GO RUNNING you lazy shit!” Was a common comment in my internal war.)
The first mile was the hardest, and probably the slowest. I stopped for 30 long seconds at this point to stretch out a tight calf and change my music to something a little more motivating – Avenged Sevenfold’s self titled album. It was all arms flying and legs pumping from there.
And I did it! 35 minutes! My PR for a 5 km race. I know in part I did well because I wasn’t so psyched the heck out as I am at events, where I’m gasping for breath with panic before I even start, lol. It was fun, everyone should go and check out his blog and DO IT! 🙂