I'd like to blame my run on the 3rd consecutive day of getting up before dawn, or on my aching knees, but really don't think I can. It was just plain hard.
This was the "graduation" run for our Fleet Feet No Boundaries 5K training group, and I really hoped to run the whole thing. So, as triumphant as I felt when I crossed the finish line, I still felt a little defeated when I did it with a few walks. Seemed like it took FOREVER to hit the first mile, and then the 2nd. Found a nice fellow runner to pass the time for the last mile & a half, and that definitely helped. Still, had a hard time keeping up the run the whole way. Didn't have a goal time per se, but didn't think I'd be this slow, either. Now I have something to aim to beat I guess. Also wonder if I'd benefit from taking one of my 4 running days/week and replacing it with sprint intervals on the treadmill, as well as adding a 5th day of intense cardio on the elliptical.
Best part of the race unquestionably was watching my 11-year-old sprint across the finish line 5 minutes later - that was an indescribable warm fuzzy.