The last time I ran a 5k it was raining outside, my shoes were soaked, and I kept repeating to myself to not to stop running no matter how slow I went. I ran the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes 15 seconds.
So I sat out to run my 5k yesterday with one goal. Beat my time of 28:15.
Would I beat my best time?
Nope. I finished my run in 25 minutes and 54 seconds.
Wait. What? It sure looks like I beat my time. Nope.
It’s hard to beat your last 5K time when you only run 2.92 MILES BECAUSE YOU FORGOT TO RUN ONE BLOCK AND BACK BEFORE STARTING THE ACTUAL LOOP TO MAKE IT 3.1 MILES.
There are worst things in life. Like a pandemic. Like an economy falling into the trashcan. Like VEHICLES NOT GETTING OVER A FEW FEET WHEN DRIVING DOWN A ROAD WHEN I’M TRYING TO RUN ON IT.
Yes, I was off the road at the time.
On this run I started heading out toward the highway on the spur. When I get to the highway, I turn back. Normally when running out to the highway I was never bothered by a car here or there. However, when you are trying to run a timed 5K which you are going to post on the internet, then I had the urge to say things to every single car I passed.
One however appeared to either not notice I was running down the road or didn’t care. I’m not sure which is worse.
Regardless of all of this, I had fun and the next time I run a 5K I’ll try and beat 26 minutes and 30 seconds. That might be close to what it would have been had I not been an idiot.
If you are wondering about the stocking hat, it is the only way I can keep my headphones in my ears when I run.
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