I walked the Nat 5K Sunday and am happy to report that I met my 4 goals:
- Not be the last to finish.
- Finish without the need for paramedic assistance afterwards.
- Finish faster than 54.10 (my previously recorded 5k PR)
My actual recorded finish time was 51.16. My pace was 1:32M faster than my previous PR.
It was a much smaller group of walkers/runners than the Christmas Story 5k.
I appreciated the smaller crowd.
Though I had to push myself to not cross the finish line last.
And what was advertised as a closed flat loop did not seem very flat to me. The Natatorium's indoor track is what I consider closed and flat.
My son, who is working to lose weight and get in shape for kite-surfing in Belize, also ran/walked. It was a win for him as well as he ran for a much longer interval than he thought he could.
Overall it was a great way to start my Sunday morning.
And in answer to the finish line volunteer who asked: Yes, I do plan to do it again next year.
And I have a new goal for my next 5K:
Under 51:16 and at faster pace than 16:31M.