In the past, my running has stopped completely between the Troy Turkey Trot, and March or April (whenever I deem it warm enough to run outside again). Instead, this year, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s preparing for the Sober-Up 5K in Albany. Thanks to my Twitter and blogger friends who turned me on to this race – Jen, Katie, Melissa, Cynthia, and Heather . It was awesome to meet all of you in person and I can’t wait until the next time we get together!
(photos courtesy of Jen Is Green)
This was my first 3.5 mile race, and I finished in 39:28, which gave me a pace of 11:16. I consider that a good starting point for a 5K, and a good length race to start working towards my first 10K. And I still had time to turn around and snap a picture of Heather and Cynthia finishing the race.
It was an awesome race, and I definitely plan to do it again. The weather was great today – warmer than the Turkey Trot! It was a little tricky finding it because there was a noticeable lack of info online and no signage on the SUNY Albany campus. I had found one website with any info and it said registration was at the Phys Ed building. Since that was the lot with the most cars, we figured it must be right (after driving all the way around the campus!)
After signing up (3.5 mile runners don’t get numbers!), I started to get my iPhone ready for running, and promptly noticed that the headphones I brought didn’t have both earbud sleeves. I checked both pockets again, went back to the car, and never found it . I used Nike+ GPS during my run, but couldn’t figure out how to listen to a podcast instead of a playlist. I usually listen to Podrunner during my runs and allow the beat to pace me. The music on my playlist was there for enjoyment not pacing, so I know I was running slower during some songs!
What a great start to a brand new year! I can’t imagine a better way to start the New Year!