Working the 5K

This evening I enjoyed a 5K run with one of my best childhood friends, Becky (she may join us as a guest blogger soon)!  It was a first for her so it was a lot of fun for me to be a part of her experience.  We lucked out with 80-degree weather and fairly low humidity.  Personally, I had not run a 5K for at least four years.  Her husband said something along the lines to me of, “oh you probably won’t even work up a sweat after this race!”  Well I was a little sweaty at the end, but it was a nice change of pace to be finished running in 30 minutes versus ahem four hours or so.  

A 5K run serves a lot of different purposes–I think of them as a tune-up of sorts as they help to shake things up when you have not been running much or you can use them as opportunities to work on your speed.  And for others a 5K is where to start if you are just getting into running.  We all have to start somewhere after all.  This race for me was an opportunity to run with my friend–something we had never done together until this spring unless you count our attempts in middle school to do the mile run together for the physical fitness test each year.

We saw some interesting folks at the start–the “elites” if you can call them that in a 5K were doing a little pre-run.  One guy was shirtless with his bathing suit and barefoot shoes and another went so far to run barefoot the entire course.  I snapped some discreet photos of him (hope his timing chip still worked).

The course was a super hilly course–I think the hilliest one I have ever run.  It zig-zagged among some neighborhood blocks in Arlington, Virginia so basically we went up a street, then made a left to the next block for a downhill stretch and then turned again for another uphill battle.  Clearly they needed to stretch the course out somehow without blocking too many roads so this was the way to do so. 

As we neared the finish line we could hear the band kicking up in the background.  A moon bounce entertained my friend’s nieces who served as great cheerleaders for us.  There were lots of families out and about to enjoy a great neighborhood run and ring in the warm running season ahead!  Congrats Becky on a job well done on your first race!  Hope it will be many more for you.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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3 Responses to Working the 5K

  1. Becky says:

    Thanks for doing this with me, Sal! I had a great time and am thankful for all of your encouragement 🙂

  2. I subscribed to the blog! hopefully it works this time! sounds like you’re a good running partner…maybe i’ll take you up on it one day!

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