Things I Thought While Running a 5K This Morning

This morning, I jogged the 2.5 miles over to the start of the Marin Human Race, ran a 5K, and jogged home. I figured it’d be a good workout and a good kick in the ass to get me moving again. Of course, I expected it to be shitty, but I always run a 20:20 even when I run terrible. (Just like I always run a 40:30 10K, which is actually a faster pace, but don’t think about it too hard. It’s a mystery.)

I did not run a 20:xx today. I ran a 21:13. I can’t remember the last time I ran over 21 for a 5K. I don’t think I’ve even run over 21 for a 5K within a 10K in years.

This is what I thought during the race:

  • I’ll just run with these girls. Just hang with them.
  • Oh shit. Running with these girls feels terrible. I am in so much pain. This is so hard. How am I this out of shape? We haven’t even been running a full minute. There’s no way I’m going to be able to finish this.
  • Oops, there go the girls. And we’re like 400m in.
  • I am so out of shape.
  • Really out of shape.
  • This is terrible. We must be at least a mile in. Definitely. We’ve been running for so long. I’ll just glance at my watch. 5:00?!? How are we only 5′ in?!
  • Did a 70-year-old just pass me?
  • Did a 12-year-old just pass me?
  • God, I guess I’ll finish. So slowly. So very slowly.
  • I wonder if I look as slow as I feel. Gotta keep up appearances.
  • Oh look, two miles in 13:25. That’s not as bad as I thought. It’s not good either, though. Maybe I’ll still run a 20-something.
  • Hey, there’s the finish. Oh crap, we have to run all the way around this lake before we get there.
  • God, I’m out of shape. Why is this so painful?
  • I could pass those guys right ahead of me.
  • Nope, no, I can’t.
  • Ugh, I am not going to be under 21:00.
  • Well, that’s done. At least.

7 thoughts on “Things I Thought While Running a 5K This Morning

  1. Good it was only 5K! imagine that looping on a whole, “full marathon”… 🙂


    PS: you made me smile, and decided to quickly leave my thoughts. Hopefully they pay back!

    1. Yeah, particularly since I ended up running what is in theory somewhere between my half and full marathon pace. No way I’d ever have been able to do that!

      Thanks 🙂

  2. […] Saturday, I ran the 5K, then went to the high school county track finals, where I worked registration, checking kids in and giving them numbers and (for free) a hard time. The high school kids here are stupid fast, because it’s Marin. In the boys mile, the three guys in front decided they were ready to just be done dicking around and ran a 2:01 last 800m and a :59 last lap to finish in 4:16. That’s some crazy shit. […]

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