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.