7:30 AM CT start for the Austin 5k?
I think we look pretty damn bright eyed!
|This was a great fun race, even if it did start at 5:30 AM our local time.|
|Slightly rolling, but essentially a 200 ft climb out|
and 200 ft descent back.
I had such a great time on this race. I hadn't had a *fun* race in a long time, and it was fabulous to remember what they felt like. E & his buddy passed me on the downhill and I knew I could have kept up with them, but I let them go. It was a day for joyful running, not pushing to pain. I needed to just have a great fun race. And I did. My low-key goal had been to beat my last Chrissy Field 5K average pace of 9:55/mile, but that was before I knew about the hill. Official results have me at 10:03/mile and I'm happy to take it.
Next race? A 12K in April close to where I grew up with friends. My current goal is to string together 7 decent weeks of healthy food and good fitness despite hosting a visitor in early March, followed by a trip to Pasadena for a conference where both E and I are speakers, then vacation in Colorado to ski with family, and finally a trip to lecture at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in early April. I'm hopeful I can put together some good weeks despite the life chaos and improve my fitness.