Back in January, K and I signed up for the Manotick miler. We mostly run 5k’s, but we decided to try an 8k (5 miler). It was a great day for it and it was a lot of fun. I hadn’t run much leading up to it, so I was kind of scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but K made me push myself, I’m glad she was there with me!
We ran together, pacing each other the whole way. She’d get ahead, so I’d speed up, get ahead a bit, then I’d slow down for a break and she’d sprint forward and do the same. It was kind of like little intervals. I ended up having a stitch or two along the way, but nothing that didn’t work itself out pretty quickly.
I felt like I was doing okay up until the 5k mark. That’s where my body thought it was done, and I had to fight with myself to tell it, “no, we have 3k left”. It felt like I had slowed down a lot in the last 3k, but the clock actually read that we kept pace, so that’s pretty cool.
At the end, I ran the 5 miler in 53 minutes and 44 seconds, at a pace of 6:40 per km. I think that’s great for the first race of the season.
Now…. what to do next!