Jeff’s Post – Weekend of Milestones – Sub 20 5k and 2000 Miles!
What a great weekend of running. Seems like years since I ran my last marathon (hard to believe it was only last weekend) – but I recovered well and had a good running week and a weekend of milestones. On Saturday I ran in my first 5k since June. Tamara helps organize this event and it benefits the Special Olympics. This race has a special place in my heart (read post here) and I was looking forward to racing it. I was really hoping to run my first sub 20 minute 5k. It is a beautiful fast, flat up and back course located in St. Mary’s City, MD.
Since Tamara organizes this I was able to pick my own bib number. I went for 40 (my age). The 5k I ran in June was on my 40th birthday and I was hoping to run a sub 20 there but it just didn’t happen. Fast forward to Saturday. As soon as I left the starting line I felt good and it really was a nice mental advantage knowing that I only had to run 3.1 miles. I kept a good fast pace the whole time finishing strong and passing a few fellow runners on the home stretch. I looked at the clock and saw my time 19:44 – I was thrilled!! Tamara was working the finish line and I loved knowing that she knew right away that I had achieved this goal. I won first place in my AG at this race last year with a 23:50. I knocked almost 4 minutes off my time from last year and won my new age group again!! A great day, a great cause and a great event!
Tamara and I planned a long run today. We don’t get to run outside very often and we don’t get to run together as much as we like so it was nice to have this opportunity! We originally planned to run 13 but ended up running a strong 14 – Yeah!! It was a bit windy (I hate running in the wind btw) and we detoured off a side road with a few hills so we had a good workout. There is also nothing better than running along country roads while being passed by Amish buggies. We have a thriving Amish community in Southern Maryland and we both loved running by the buggies and the Amish church on a peaceful Sunday morning.
Oh – Milestone # 2- I passed the 2000 mile mark on our run today. Couldn’t think of a better run to pass that on. I didn’t set out to run “x” number of miles, it just kind of happened but it is something that I’m proud of!
All in all a great weekend! Have a great running day!!