Well today many people I know virtually were running races all over the country. To show my support of them and for one of my favorite websites the Shrinking Jeans I ran my own snowy 5K here at home.
It was a chilly 35 degrees this morning so I waited until about noon time to race. I mapped out a nice route on daily mile and it had warmed up to about 38 degrees so I felt a little better. I got suited up in my mask, running jacket, gloves, and under armor cold gear and away I went.
The route I had to run was a big loop around the industrial park near my house. Here the sidewalks were never shoveled and it makes street running almost impossible. The snow was too high still to trudge through but the park was actually peaceful. I do love the winter time and I do like the snow, its very pretty.
I was glad to have the roads bare it was slushy in some parts so I was glad I wore 2 pairs of socks since my feet got a little wet. I set out at a pretty good pace and listened to my gym remix on my mp3 player. I love running outside because I can set my own pace and change it as necessary. The roads were quiet and it was just pure peaceful running bliss.
Honestly this 5K was so much fun for me and I am so glad the sisterhood had it. It is amazing how since I have been training to run that half marathon that 3.1 miles seems like a quick workout. I finished up my 5K in 25 minutes and 45 seconds!!!! I felt great. I kept jogging the rest of the way home and did some push ups and sit ups and stretches to cool down.
After the race with my red nose haha :)
This time last year I never thought I would be sitting here typing the fact that I ran, ran any distance! Now I am feeling like a 5K is a walk in the park. I cannot wait to get this half marathon under way and look forward to running a full marathon by the end of 2011. I have all of my wonderful friends and virtual communities to thank for keeping me going and motivating me!
How was your virtual 5K?