Yesterday was my second 5K running race in the past month, following up on the Furry 5K.
I’m slowly gaining fitness, with 3-4 runs per week, each roughly 30 minutes in length or so. I’m also practicing yoga 3-4 days per week, lifting weights at least twice a week and assisting at my yoga studio another two times per week.
The Run of The Mill 5K, in Mill Creek, WA was a great event. The course was mostly flat and on paved roads and walking paths. The event is becoming popular with the attendance of around 1400 runners almost doubling the turnout from last year’s event.
There were also some stellar runners in the field, attracted by prize money for the top 3 overall male and female finishers. In fact, seven runners who competed in the Olympic Trials showed up!
My time of 21:50 was a full 2 minutes faster than my race three weeks ago, but still well off my PR of 18-flat. I am happy to see the big progress in a short period of time.
Overall, my fitness is great, but the cardiovascular strength will take more time to come along. I also had this weird cramping/tightening feeling in my back that slowed me a bit. I am pretty sure it was from a vigorous yoga workout (with lots of handstands) the day before.
I might race another 5K next weekend just for the heck of it.
Below are a few videos taken from the race, including interviews with the winners.
Vanessa Hunter – Women’s Winner (Ran Olympic Trials in the Marathon)
Mike Sayenko – Men’s Winner (Ran Olympic Trials in the Marathon)