Big day today…
I put the Couch-to-5K program to the test and ran my first race. It was the inaugural Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K. (Actually, my first 5K was supposed to be the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot this coming Thursday, but my wife found this one two weeks ago…)
It was a sunny but brisk morning at ~45 degrees. I’m used to running in the early AM, so the temp was nothing terribly new. With close to 700 participants in the race it was a great experience.
I tried to stay close to my average, 9:20-something pace, but ended up with an 8:40 pace. I think running with others and the fact that it was a race pushed me a little. My official time was 26:53, which was a personal best against my self-timed, neighborhood 5Ks.
It was a fun day, shared with my awesome, #1 fan – and our best friends even came with us!
So, the Turkey Trot will now be #2 – with, from what I’ve heard, ~17,000 other runners. Number 3 will actually be on Saturday: the Quarry Turkey, in Fremont. Both are 5Ks – I’m working my way up…10Ks next, then on to the half-marathon! I’m finalizing the 2012 calendar this week!