This was going to be another one of my traditional post race selfies on Instagram, but I had too much to say about this race for an Instagram caption, so it’s a blog instead.
Exactly 364 days after I did my first 5K, the 2014 edition of this race, I did it again. This time instead of being my first race, it was my fifth. Instead of just wanting to finish and not be last, I had a time goal.
I wanted to beat my personal record, which was set at this race last year. It was 42:00, which people insisted was good for my first race. Since then I’ve done races in the rain, over hills, and other less than prime record setting locations. But this one is different, this is a straight, flat course. It was made for records.
All I wanted to do was beat 42:00, but my secret goal was 40:59.
That’s almost three full minutes better than my previous best time!!!
And when I ran into my friend at the end of the race, she said I looked much better than I did after last year’s race, when I was panting and near death. This year I was smiling and upright!
I know it’s still not amazing or great, but it verifies that I’m in much better shape than I was at this time last year. Even though I still won’t “train” or “practice” between races. Because I refuse to run if no one is going to give me a medal.