evening: 5K race, 26:12, 8:22/mile
It is a rare event for me to do two workouts in one day but sometimes the calendar works that way. I did my usual 5 mile run early this morning but the late afternoon opened up for a treat.
My running club, the Wabash River Running Club, has offered a no-frills 5K race series for the last couple of summers on the third Wednesday of each month. Last summer I had some other commitment on each and every third Wednesday from May to October. Wow. So, when my evening opened up for tonight, I determined to at least get one of these in during 2010.
And, oh so convenient!! I got home from work around 5:40pm, changed and then jogged the 3/4 mile from my front door to the starting line at a park, near our weekly Farmer's Market. A perfect warm up. The race is free to club members, all of $2 for the public with a maximum of $5 for a family. A simple out and back course, past the Market, around some softball fields, around our new community garden, around a pond, past some woods...all off of city streets. And a beautiful, sunny evening at 68 degrees. About 45 people showed up, including three of my work colleagues.
Off we went, right on time at 6:30pm. I set my Garmin to pace me at 8:45 miles, in preparation for the half marathon I'm running on June 5. Turned out to be hard to run that slowly. The three miles ticked off at 8:25, 8:30, 8:21 and then 0:57 for the dash to the end (a 6:48 pace). I was quite pleased do to this, 2.5 weeks post marathon.
After a brief chat with a few folks, a quick drink of water, I jogged home, changed shirts and sat down to grilled dill/yogurt marinated chicken kabobs at 7:15pm with my lovely wife, as the afternoon sun streamed in.
Does it get much better??