- My wife who is awesome and never gets in the way of my running. She always supports me in anything I do. She is also unreal to be carrying a baby for already 34 plus weeks.
- My baby on the way. I can't wait for her to come (due date Jan 4th) and cannot wait to take her on runs (already have the stroller).
- My family. Especially my mom and sisters who are always there to support me.
- My job that I really love and enjoy.
- The ability to run. Even though I'm slower than I like, it is such a blessing to just be able to get out there and run (some people due to injuries or disabilities can't). I don't really understand why I stopped running for maybe 6 or 7 years. I think I just used the excuse of "too busy" and did not take out the time to run. I'm glad I changed that thinking.
- that although my left knee still gets sore, it holds up and lets me run.
- My pets (Jake and Jenny, the dogs and Kobe, the cat). I love them so much.
- All my friends. Friends and family make my life is so much more enjoyable.
- Running groups. I'm thankful for the people I met in my running group. They made training and running the last marathon so much more enjoyable.
- Running blogs. I enjoy reading other running blogs. I find it interesting to hear other running experiences. I learn and get motivated by other blogs. I also enjoy writing on my blog. It helps me stay accountable and feel part of a running community.
I ran the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot this morning. Since I took a month off after the marathon, I only ran the 5K. I was able to get three runs in before (all about 3.1). The first two runs were slower pace, but the last one on Tuesday I ran at a 8:29 pace. I was not sure what to expect as far as time for the 5K. I made a goal of under 26 minutes. However, I was meeting two co-workers there and was planning to run with them for at least the first mile or 2. I was not sure what pace they wanted to keep. One of my co-workers sent an e-mail in the morning that he could not make it because family came early (I think he might have woke up late). My other co-worker met me by the bib pickup. I picked up my bib a few days early, he had to pick his up.
There were so many people there about 8-11K I guess (hard for me to tell), but it was packed. I did not expect that many. Here are a couple of bad pictures that my iphone took:
It was very difficult to get in line. I had to stand off to the side with tons of other people because the street was packed. There was no room on the street. What was great is that I ended up standing next to someone in my running group (he is running CIM and was out with his young son). I wished him the best. I was able to touch base with him until the race started.
It took us over 4 minutes to get to the start. My co-worker, Will, was planning to run next to me. I wanted to run in under 26 minutes but I forgot my Garmin. Can you believe that? I was already well on my way to San Jose when I realized I left Garmin at home. I had my iphone to check the time, but it is sure not the same. How could I forget Garmin . . .
The first mile was madness. It was zig zag trying to get around people. I guess 50% of the people ignored the pace signs and just stood as close to the front as possible. There were many walkers who I had to somehow try to get around. Yet, that sort of makes it very fun.
The first mile went well. I felt good. I had no concept of pace. I tried to run hard, without going all out. I also tried to keep it at a pace that Will could do. I could tell it was difficult for him to keep up, but he was doing a really good job at staying with me. I did not want to go faster since he told me that it was getting tough to keep up. The course remained crowed the entire way, but after I got passed the walkers, it was easier to keep a steady pace.
For mile 2 I slowed down (or tried to) so that I would not lose Will. He would fall a little behind and then push forward to catch up (or I would slow down a little). At the mile 2 marker I checked my iphone and it seemed I was about 17 or so minutes (mile 2 was a bit slower). I talked to Will and told him that I wanted to pick up the pace for the last mile and asked if that was okay. He said to go a head. I was a bit unsure if I should stay with him (I did invite him to the race), but it is a race! Since he seemed okay with me going a head, I took off. I think I ran the last mile about a 7 min pace.
I came in under 30 minutes. Minus the 4 minutes that it took me to get to the start line, then I did it under 26 minutes. My goal! I'll have to wait for the race results to know my time. I wish I would have brought my Garmin. I don't think this was a PR. About 9 years ago (before I stopped running) in my only other 5K, I think I ran faster. I can't remember the time. I thought 20/21, but maybe 23/24. So maybe this is my modern PR.
I waited at the finish for Will to arrive. It was a great way to start a long weekend! I love races (when I run good)!