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I was once a runner...and I will be again. I started this journey several years older and 60 lbs. heavier. My name is Jake and this is my story

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Test Yourself 5k

We ran the Test Yourself 5k yesterday monring.  The weather was unseasonable cool for May and it was perfect for running.  However, I didn't get much sleep at work on Friday night and didn't feel like running at all.  I didn't know the course at all, which always bothers me.  I like to know what lies ahead. 

Once we got started I felt pretty good.  The first half of the course was great.  At the turn around we headed up hill, and it was uphill the rest of the way.  I pushed hard and ran a good race.  I finished in 29.35, which I am calling my new PR.  The race a few weeks ago was not an official course and my Garmin measure it short.  This course was exactly 3.1 and certainly challenging. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I  had a 6 mile run scheduled today.  Kristi also had a long run planned and said she wanted to run with me.  It was a good thing because I didn't really feel like running.  We headed out and the battery on my Garmin died in the first 1/2 mile.  That was also a good thing.  Kristi tracked our pace and distance,  I just ran.  I felt strong after 2 miles and we kept a very steady pace.  I made it to 6 miles without walking and Kristi continued.  I walked for about 15 seconds and said screw it, I want to finish with Kristi.  we went 1 more mile and then walked back to the car.  It was an awesome run.  I ran farther and faster than I planned.  I have never run with Kristi before and I loved it.  Running with a friend is the great, especially when it is your best friend.  Thanks for pushing me babe!  I love you!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cougar Prowl 5k

I had a 3 mile training run scheduled last Saturday, but I felt like racing.  I had a very tight window to fit it in.  I had to be at work at 10:00 for a concert.  Kristi found me a 5k that started at 8:00.  I learned from my last race and this time I had a plan.  I needed to average 9:40 pace to break 30 minutes.  I did a good warm up and felt great when it started.  I was in control of my pace the enire time and had a little left for a kick at the end.  I finished in 28:40.  Another goal achieved!!!