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I Did It.

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A few weeks ago, I told you that I had a goal: to run a 5K in under 31 minutes.  So I did actual speedwork (something I’d done only halfheartedly before — this time, I really concentrated on it) and really got myself ready for the race which took place on Saturday April 30.

I ran the race in 28:32.

That is definitely faster than I’ve ever that distance before!  That’s less than a 9:30 pace, and I honestly didn’t think I could run faster than 10-minute miles.

But I did it.

At mile one, the volunteer said my time was 8:57, which I thought was crazy-fast.  (Another runner told me later that he thought the time was off at the first mile.)  At mile two, my time was 19:28.  At that point, I figured I could slow down and still make my goal.  But of course I didn’t.  I kept pushing.

I was pushing the whole time, and I was really tired by the end.

But I did it.  And I didn’t have bunion pain and I felt great.

Hooray!

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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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