Monday, March 12, 2012

Big Little Steps

This coming Saturday is the first race of the year for me. I ran it last year, too, as it is a nice local 5k.
Last year was COLD, I over dressed, and didn't really train for the event. The check in and start area was a bit confusing, but I still managed to have a decent time out there. I got to see some friends who I hadn't seen in a while, and likely made it home in time for lunch.
This is a noon, we have virtually no snow, and I have learned better how to dress for days like this.
And i've been working with a running coach. So, yea. My buddy Adam, from TheBoringRunner (@theboringrunner) and I have been working together for several weeks, and I am very happy with my running!! I feel fast, strong, and ready to take on this 5k. I have no intention of winning the thing like Adam did last weekend, but my goal time is lofty; 23 minutes. In last year's race, that would have put me in 94th place overall. Yep. I finished in 225th last year with a time of 26:48.90. So nearly a 4 minute improvement over only 3.1 miles. I've been working my little legs off on the treadmill, and I'll be ready. I am NOT going to worry about that lung busting hill. I know it is there, i'll do what i need to do to get over it, and i'll still be fairly fresh for that last push to the finish.
That's my plan, anyway.
I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.
That's all i have for now; i wanted to put my little goal out there with the hopes that it will help push me through this last week. Thank you for lending your ear.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Tracey and the boys for putting up with my thump thump thumping on the treadmill. Many more miles to come.....
Peace, YO!


  1. Soon, you will be sending you TM to me for the summer and you will be able to go outside while I toil in the subterranean sweatshop of the Phoenix summer. Race well my friend, bring it home.

  2. 4 minute improvement is awesome. I need to have my kid read this post. He's not improving much (hovering around 21mins like concrete) and I think it's because he lacks focus. He doesn't have a running trainer, not unless it's XC season at school. Which it is not. Ugh.

  3. Good luck Gene! Way to prepare. I'm impressed.