I should have written this about a week ago! Anyway, last saturday, the 5th of June, I ran the St. Monica 5k. I was one of 5 women, one of two in my age group. The other girl was much younger and walked most of it. It was mostly men, and DeSmet Cross Country Team. The course was very hilly and it was very humid. There was a water station though! I had a corner of peanut butter honey toast at about 7. I had water up until 30 minutes before hand. When I would get thirsty I would swish water in my mouth and spit. I stretched thoroughly. I ran my first two miles at a 10 min/mi pace and my last one at about a 13. I finished in 33.31 and first in my age group! I recieved my FIRST TROPHY! for running. This was a HUGE step and accomplishment for me. I still need to get down to 25 for my goal.
Recently, I have been running hard miles to work on speed. I think I must have hurt my foot because it is painful to walk on. My dad is convincing me it is musculatory, however, my knee is also feeling very stiff and agitated. Today, I bought GU, Shot Blocks, two new pairs of running shorts, a new running shirt, and a new pair of socks! My joints better start feeling better!
This was my 4th 5k since training began. I have already cut 6 minutes down! What an amazing run! My first run was the Life Skills Run, Roll, and Walk April 24th. I finished with a gun time of 42ish minutes. My second 5k was the Girls On the Run Spring Race May 16th, I finished with a chip time of 41.54 with a pace of 13.29. Then my third was the 1st Annual Memorial Run, I had a time (gun and chip) of 38.07, I was pretty close to the front but do not trust that this was my actual time, it was around this though, with a 12.16 pace. My most recent, 10k, 5k, memorial day run (I ran the 5k) I finished in 36.07, with 11.39 pace. I need to cut out 10 more minutes to make my goal time of 25ish minutes, 25 is around 3rd place for the Girls on the Run races. My goal is third place! Before the race I had my first gu, I had peanut butter honey toast two hours before hand (which is what I normally eat for breakfast and did the same sunday) I had water with my gu, I cramped during the race and could feel the water in my stomach. Note to self: Don't drink right before! I stretched out super well, especially my calves since that is where my arch pain is coming from. I felt good! I started sprinting at the last .2, when I saw the 10K 6 mile marker. My last mile was almost a ten minute mile. Wonderful pace!