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Biting Off More Than You Can Chew..Or Is It Just Ambition?

I’m sure that you regular readers (8 of you subscribed to the Crash Dad email list) are eagerly awaiting the results of the 5k I ran. You’ll remember that I ambitiously hoped to run a 7 minute mile. I figured it’s time to own up and report on the experience.

What can I say? I was a bit ambitious in my thinking. I ran the 5k in 28:20. Much closer to a 9 minute mile than a 7 minute mile. For those following along at home Crash Kid #1 ran it in 29:28 and Crash Kid #2 in 44:35. Crash Kid #3 ( Crash Wife, who could have gone much faster, stayed with him) even did the full 5k in 50:55. Not bad for a 5 year old. Although, I’m most impressed with Crash Kids #1 and #2 who both got trophies for placing in their age group. Congrats to them! Crash Kid #1 really is a great runner. We’ll see if he chooses to develop that skill.

See what I did there? I distracted you from my time with my cute kids. I think that’s going to be a regular theme on this blog, so beware.

It’s fair to say that I definitely bit off more than I could chew thinking that I could do a 7 minute mile. My only consolation was that I was still good with a sprint at the end of the 5k. Makes me wonder if I ran the wrong pace. I kind of wish I’d done more of a run-walk strategy that better mirrored the way I play ultimate. Sprint for so long and then walk a bit and then sprint again. I wonder how fast I would have gone then. Certainly still under 7 minutes.

One thing I realized while running is that when I run, I’m all tensed up. I think that’s because when I play ultimate frisbee I stay tensed up so I can quickly change directions as needed. There’s no need for that in running. So, about half way through the run I was telling myself to try and relax my body and let it flow. It kind of worked, but certainly felt odd. What an interesting insight into the human body.

Even though I fell way short, I was pretty happy with how fast I went. I didn’t have anyone really pass me that made me upset. Although, Crash Wife was pretty mad at me for never running a 5k and still running it faster than she could run it. Personally, I was kind of glad that was the case.

My sliced toe ended up being a total non-issue. I thought for sure that it would be in a lot of pain after the run, but it wasn’t in any pain at all. I guess the way I run it didn’t really put much pressure on it. However, after the run, my right foot was in all sorts of pain. I thought there was something in my shoe that was poking me on the right side of my right foot. I even pulled off my shoe to see what it was, but couldn’t find anything. Long story short, I had a blister the size of a quarter on that foot. Talk about painful. I couldn’t walk right for the next couple days. Luckily, I didn’t feel it while I was running. I wish I could blame it on my 9 minute miles.

The other shocking part of the 5k was how sore I was a few days after the event. This made the Crash Wife very happy. I’m glad I was able to give her some consolation. I guess running uses very different muscles than ultimate frisbee. Then again, maybe I’m just getting old. Nah…I’m not ready to accept that.

Competition Daddy Blog

The 7 Minute Mile Challenge

My wife has been running a lot lately. It’s been a great thing for her. I think she’s like most people. She hates doing it, but loves when she’s done it. I’m not much of a runner. I’d much rather play sports. Sports of any kind is great, but ultimate frisbee is my sport of choice. I don’t know why running after a disc or guarding someone from getting the disc doesn’t feel like running, but it doesn’t to me. I could (my wife might say “do”) play it all day without a problem.

I’d have thought the reason I love sports is for the competition. I absolutely love competition of every kind. What can I say? I love winning! It’s just a part of who I am. What I haven’t figured out is why running doesn’t get those competitive juices flowing as well. I guess the challenge is that you’re competing with yourself and that’s not the same type of competition. However, I’ve also thought that I could really enjoy running if I could somehow just tell myself that a 10 minute mile was ok. My competitive mind just won’t let me sit back and run slow. If I’m running, I want to go as fast as I can go. As I get older, maybe I’ll be able to overcome that obstacle and accept running slow.

That brings us to this weekend. Our church is having a Family Fun Run (1 mile, 5k, and 10k). I think this is the third time I’ve participated in the 5k, but the past couple years I was always pushing a stroller full of children. All things considering, I usually ran a good pace, but I always wondered how fast I could run the 5k if I was just running on my own.

As I was discussing the run with my wife, I suggested that I thought I could do 7 minute miles for a 5k. What was I thinking? For the record, back in college I did run a 21 minute 5k. Of course, that was *cough* a long *cough* time ago. I’m getting a lot older now. Plus, I haven’t ever gone running other than the previous two 5ks. One 5k a year seems like plenty of practice to be able to run fast, no?

I’m hopeful that my time playing ultimate frisbee will make up for my lack of running. We’re going to find out this Saturday since my wife will be running with the children and I’ll be able to run full out. She doesn’t think I’ll be anywhere near 7 minute miles. I’ll be happy if I have 7 minute 59 second miles.

If nothing else, at least I now have something to compete for and you know me and competition.