On Saturday I ran the St. Patrick's 5km Race in Stanley Park. The weather was not overly inviting with the wind and rain but a 5km race doesn't take hours...they only take minutes...fast pace and hard minutes.
My Dad and I were running the race together. Well, actually, my Dad is much faster than I am but we did warm up together. After arriving early to pick up my package and timing chip, we made our way down to the Start line for a quick warm up.
After warming up, I ran into my friend Jim from The SAA. He is faster than me also but closer to my time so we had agreed to run together (for as much as I could keep up). That turned out to be about 2.5 kms.
We positioned ourselves near the front of the starting line and the countdown started. The gun went off and we are on our way. I felt great for the first 2.5 kms as I usually do then hit a hill. The hill slowed me down and took a lot out of me. I did manage to pick it up again but not to the same rate as the first 2.5 kms. I finished strong in 25:38. A PR for me. :-)
Jim finished in 24:59 a PR for him too!
My Dad finished in 21:54 as PR for him too!
The 5km is a great distance for life/training balance. In 25 mins we were all done our race and eating cupcakes, chips and drinking coffee.