I’ll post more pictures and information later, however I was able to do better this year than last with a time of 22:36 placing 16th among my age bracket and 58th among all men. Until the final results list is released later today I won’t know my overall rank however I’m confident that I was still in the top 100!
Today was the day of the event, the Purdue 5k run/walk, which was my first “real” 5k. Although I have run over 400 miles before I even started I was nervous. We all got up at 6am and left the house just after 7am. After we got to the Purdue stadium, they left to go get the camera while I looked around. I first went and signed the large poster which will be hung next year. Once everyone came back we walked around a bit and eventually we saw President Cordova. I was too nervous to actually go say Hi, but Dad drug Justin and I over and just before she went to announce the race, we got a picture with her. Good way to get the day going!
After a few people announced some basics about the race a group of people came to the podium and got all the runners to do some fun exercises to get stretched.
A few minutes before 8:30 it was time to get in place. They had markers for where you would start based on your average pace. I was in the second group, the 8 minute average. I wasn’t sure how I was going to tell when the race started but right at 8:30 coach Hope beat on the drum and I started to see people running. The first half mile was bad because of the sheer number of people trying to run. After that it started to thin out some and get easier to actually run. Along the way there were volunteers cheering you on and every mile there was someone with a sign who was also telling you how long it had been. At the second mile they were handing out Dixie cups of water.
Once I got to the last 2/10th of a mile I saw the finish line and really cranked it up to pass someone who was just in front of me. I ended up finishing in 95th place with an end time of 22:51. The pictures show a longer time because I was back from the real starting line when the race started. My first thought was just to find water which for some reason was a long distance away. However I was glad to see my family at the finish line supporting me. And of course for getting some great pics of yours truly.
After I got some food and water we went inside the stadium and found where they were already posting race results. When running, you have a special sensor which goes on your shoe to track your start/finish of the race. After a bit of searching we finally found my place and I finished in the top 100! My goal is to of course do better next year.
After we did that we sat down in the stadium in the awards section. After they let almost all the racers finish they started it up. Only the top 3 in each division for each gender got an award. Unfortunately my division (25-29) had times far better than mine. I did win a “door-prize” though of a free one-year membership to GoldAndBlack.com. Odd for me since I have almost zero interest in sports of any kind, but hey, it’s nice nonetheless.
After the ceremony we hopped in the car quickly and went home. After a short rest we went to Spring Fest then for some shopping and ended the day with some gardening.
That was my Saturday. How was yours? Until next time…
Written on my iPhone.
I’ve been on a coaching program from Nike+ which is an intermediate-level 5k program. Today was the peak run of the program with a scheduled 10 mile run. However, I decided to push myself to see how I’d do with a half-marathon. After all, it’s only another 3.1 miles! :-)
- I moved to a much nicer place. I used to live in a small 550 square foot apartment but now I live in a 1200 square foot three-bedroom duplex. I now have an office of my own. Justin has our master bedroom as his office (it’s quite large). We’ve also got a spare bedroom for when family comes over. Full kitchen (yay to no more meals cooked on an oven that’s half the size of a normal one). Also, our property looks out on a nice pond with a track around it. I just took the picture of me to the right on my patio. Which bring me to number 2.
- I’ve been back into running. I started back up on February 4 and have been going strong on a new Nike+ coaching program. It’s actually the same one I was doing before but on Intermediate 1 level instead of Beginner. Except for one run that I ran at the gym, I’ve run everything around the pond outside my house. It was actually kind of fun running through the snow. It created a nice challenge from the normal runs. I’m very glad that the weather improved however – today’s run especially was my best yet. I’ve got better at pushing myself and have been able to bring my personal-best mile down to 7:41. My last three runs have all been better than the one before it. I’ve also resumed loosing weight. I’ll try to post a separate update on that tomorrow though.
- Justin and I went to San Francisco in late January. He was attending a conference and I tagged along for a vacation. After he did his presentation at the conference, we spent a few days together going around the city. The weather there was better than in Indiana. It was a pretty nice break. Pictures of the vacation are here, here and here.
- A few weeks ago I finally went and signed up for the Purdue 5k Challenge. It’s my first real run/walk event and I’m pretty excited about it. Will I beat everyone there? Not by a long shot. Will I do great? Absolutely. As stated in item 2, I’ve only gotten better recently. The best part is that the run actually happens to fall on a day during my Nike+ coaching program when I’m not running. So I’ll be ready for a nice short (relatively) run. The race is a benefit for the Purdue Cancer for Center Research. More information is on the Purdue Challenge website.
I’ve also made a few mystery purchases recently but I’ll be saving those for another post once I’ve got everything completed.