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Goal: Under 31

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I’m running again.  I’m really happy about it.

I’m generally running two or three miles at a time, about three times a week, interspersing with cycling and elliptical training.  But there’s a race coming up, so I’m ready to start focusing even more on running (although I know the cross-training will help and I plan to keep doing that, too.)

On April 30, there’s a local 5K, and I’m going to run it.

But I’m not just going to run it.  I’ve set a goal for myself.

I want to run this 5K faster than I’ve ever run a 5K before.

Now, I’m pretty slow, so my Personal Record day would be somebody else’s Really Horrible Time day.  (My nephew, for instance, who challenged me to a one-mile race a couple of Thanksgivings ago.  He totally smoked me, as I knew he would.)

I’ve never run a 5K in under 31 minutes.  A ten-minute mile is about as fast as I’ve ever been.

But this time, I want to beat it.  I’ve got just over a month to train, and I’m going to be really hitting the speedwork and hills.

I’m determined.

I won’t win the race.  I probably won’t even win my age group (unless everyone else my age stays home that day).  But I can still achieve my goal, I think.

If you want to run the 5K, too, you can get the registration form here.

You’ll probably beat me.  But as long as I beat myself, I’m okay with that.

But if you’re in my age group, maybe you could stay home that day anyhow.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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