The Run Like It's Recess event featured a 5k run/walk, 1k kids run/walk, and 50-yard Toddler Run.
The race benefited a local school, Newcomb Elementary.
The morning started off with some light drizzles but the sky cleared up as the race start approached.
I wasn't expecting a goodie bag so I was thrilled when I received a green Run Like It's Recess backpack containing a race shirt, an anti-bacterial gel from the LBS Financial Credit Union (the bottle fits the holder on my Nathan Trail Mix belt), a Newcomb Elementary water bottle, and a Naked Juice berry blast lip balm.
Before the race start, they warmed up all the runners with some upbeat music and exercises.
I managed to do the first mile in an even 9 minutes but I couldn't maintain that pace beyond Mile 1.
I slowed down significantly on the second mile but continued to try to push myself.
I dug as deep as I could for the last mile and really engaged that ChiRunning lean.
I couldn't believe it when I got to the Finish Line and the clock read 00:32:xx.
As I exited the chute, Coach Steve congratulated me on my PR and advised I keep moving since I was breathing so hard.
I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with my performance today. And grateful that my Achilles wasn't aggravated.
For the past few months, I've been working with a personal trainer, Chris from Beach Cities Mobile Fitness, to correct my biomechanical running issues through strength training.
It was nice to see that work paying off. Even though I'm not in good running shape, I was able to run a pain-free 5k today and unofficially PR by almost two minutes!