5K Fun Run

On Saturday, I ran a 5k with my best friend Michelle.  It was a total blast!  The race was put on by a private school in American Fork called the American Legacy Academy.  It was the perfect little community run.  There were about 50 runners, give or take a few and the course was perfect.  Mostly flat with a little bit of incline and small hill at the end.  The registration was quick and thorough.  I was impressed with the efficiency of the volunteers at the end of the race.  As I crossed the finished line, they called out my time, took my bib number and moved on to the next person in a matter of seconds.  The time they called out was exactly the time on my personal stop watch as well.  The refreshments were good and Michelle even won a shirt at the raffle!

The best part of the race was that both Michelle and I made our personal best times!  Michelle took 7 and a half minutes off our fastest practice run time and finished at 32.37!!  I took about a minute off my personal best and came in at 22.09!  I am proud to say that I also came in 2nd overall for the women and 1st in my age group.  I even got a trophy!  I have been running in races since 9th grade and this is my first ever running trophy.  I have lots of medals, but the trophy is a new thing and much appreciated!  I would like to thank the American Legacy Academy for their hard work and the fun morning!

I have walked away from this run with a renewed determination to break some more personal records this summer.  I was, until now, just training for a half with Michelle for the fun of it.  But we are planning on running several other 5k’s and a 10k this summer.  I have found a nice intermediate training schedule on Cool Running that I am going to attempt to do while also training with Michelle.  Obviously, I will have to modify it so that I don’t run myself into the ground, but it should be a fun summer!  If all goes well,  I will be in really good shape at the end of the summer and I can attempt a more advanced training schedule for the LA marathon in 2010.