One way I try to improve my physical condition for roller derby (and generally maintain a healthy lifestyle) is by running. I haven't always been interested in running, and only recently have I been able to run even a mile without stopping to walk. I'm writing about running because I am in the middle a three 5K-race-palooza that somehow I got myself into.
Thursday, May 20 I ran in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge with my coworkers. This was actually a 5K+ race - 3.5 miles total. My time for that race was 40 minutes and 2 seconds. Not too great, but pretty much on pace with what I expecting to run. 11:47 min/mile; about 5mph. I headed right to practice after this race and skated my tail off for two hours -- I felt awesome! Must've been a post race high. Of course, as soon as I got home I slept like a baby.
On Sunday May 23, I ran the inaugural SPAC 5K Rock & Run with my friends Jen, Brendan, and Susan. My friend Jen has a good recap of this race. (By the way, her whole blog is awesome, especially if you like health food and running.) I'm happy to report that I beat my personal 5K record that morning, crossing the finish line at exactly 33 minutes (previous record: 35:34 - Turkey Troy, November 2009 - my first 5K!). My average mile was 10 min 38 seconds. Nice! I came in 567th out of 776 runners.
Lastly, I'll be running the Freihofer's Run for Women on Saturday, June 5. Like roller derby, this is a celebration of female athletes. As I skate and run over the next few weeks, I intend to think about what that means to me. Does it mean anything? Ain't I a woman? Well, yeah, but... so what? I'll be thinking about it...