Saturday, July 16, 2011

A decent 5K

Friends of Animals Utah held their annual Bark in the Park event today.  It starts with a 5K fun run, which is only for fun if you aren't pushing really hard.  The good news is that because we are an animal rescue organization, you get to run with your dog.

So Jasper and I were discussing strategy options before the race.  Go out hard to clear the crowd?  Do negative splits, picking up speed every mile?  Pace behind someone else?  Jasper's suggestion was that we wag our tails and run like hell.  We went with that plan.  We ended up running at about 7:20 miles, finishing in 22:48. 

We ended up winning the 41-50 age group for both the "with dogs" category and the "open" category.  There was one 51 year old that kicked my butt, running a low 6:00 pace.  I was just happy having done a decent pace with almost 100 percent of my training has been longer and slower.

I'll post some pictures of the event in the next day or so.  It was very well attended and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun.
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