After three full days of rest following the half marathon, I got back on the treadmill this morning for the start of another training program. I'm running in the Pilots 5K during Bethel College's Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 8. That gives me a little more than a month to get ready.
Now, obviously, I could easily go out and run a 5K race without any problems. But, I've set a goal for myself so that I will have to work pretty hard leading up to the race. I want to finish this one in less than 25 minutes. You can read the pace breakdown here but the short of it is that I've got some serious work ahead of me to cut nearly 3 minutes off the time I ran this morning.
I did a full 5K this morning and it took me 27:50. It was kind of a test run to see how fast I could go if I pushed myself. I was pretty pleased with the results and I felt really good while running. No soreness at all!
I've said this before, but I want to repeat it to confirm that I still feel the same way: I want to be a runner for the rest of my life. Before I started training for the half marathon I never thought I would actually enjoy running, but I really do enjoy it now. I still don't like waking up early to run before work, but once I'm running it feels good and I have fun with it.
I'm looking forward to the Pilots 5K because it will be good motivation for me to keep working hard in my training, but also because Katie and I are both Bethel graduates and will enjoy being back on campus. Plus, Hanah and David are going to run in a 100-meter fun run for the kids and that should be really fun to watch.