I was scheduled to run 4.5 miles at an easy pace. I've been pushing the pace a lot lately, and I didn't want to feel pressure to keep doing that on every run, so I decided not to look at my Garmin at all. Maybe it's because I wasn't looking, but I felt like I was going SO slow the first couple of miles. When I knew I was close to the turn-around point (2.25 miles in), I looked at my Garmin just to see the distance; and I accidentally saw my pace was at 9:04/mi. I was surprised to see that I was going that fast, because I could have sworn I was running about a 10:30/mi pace.
Seeing that kind of motivated me to pick up the pace a little and try to finish with a sub-9:00/mi average. Shortly after I turned around, however, I stopped dead in my tracks because there was an unleashed German Shepherd practically right on top of me to my left (I was running against traffic, and the dog was in the yard right next to me). The dog was totally quiet at first, which scared me--and then it started barking at me and coming toward me. I darted across the street and just stopped, so it wouldn't chase me. The owners weren't outside, of course, so I just stood there for about two full minutes, debating what to do.
If I turned around to run a different way home, it would add about three extra miles to my run; but I was scared to keep running. I saw a car coming toward us, and as soon as it was fairly close, I booked it and started running--that way if the dog tried to run at me, well, the car would stop it. I could hear the dog barking, but I just kept going.
It started raining on my way back home, but not pouring rain. It actually felt really good!
|I can't believe I've been 30 for almost a year!|
A "virtual" race is really just where you map out the distance near your home (or use a treadmill) and run it on your own on a certain date. Then I will post all the results on my blog, and have prizes. I haven't worked out the details on the prizes yet, but I definitely will have a least a few (self-funded). If there are any companies reading this that may want to donate something, please e-mail me! I'll post more about that when it gets closer.
This isn't just for runners--you're welcome to walk this, too! The prizes will be given out at random to people who finish the 5K and give me their results--so you don't have to be fast. My mom said she will try to make this her first 5K (she's still doing the Couch to 5K program), so I will most likely be doing it along with her.
Here is the form: