Better than a PR

Saturday morning I willingly popped up out of bed at 6:25 and got dressed to run. This hasn’t happen since, oh I don’t know, maybe April? I was quite enjoying my lazy weekends “sleeping in” until 8am and spending quality time with my couch. After a solid nine months of early morning training runs, I needed that break.

Unfortunately now that I’m ready to start running as the sun rises, Texas is transitioning into summer. This means 4:30-5:00am wakeup calls, 80 degrees/100% humidity at the beginning of my run, and hydrating like my life depends on it. Wait, why am I training for a fall marathon again? Oh, for the fantastic food, delicious cocktails and the glory of nailing that 26.2 PR on my 2012 Goals list.

Philadelphia Marathon

Anyway, back to the story…

Saturday morning I got dressed and pulled on my Mizunos (what a decision this was, choosing a pair of shoes to wear), but I wasn’t alone. Brad was getting ready also. We were about to run our first 5K race together. This isn’t the first race we’ve done side by side, but it was the first where he had been running with me on a fairly regular basis AND where he had proper running shoes. A few weeks ago we went to a local running store and had him fitted for an obnoxiously bright pair of Green Lantern Saucony Ride 4s.

Saucony Ride 4

We met up with my friend Leslie and her boss and headed north to Georgetown to run Vern’s No Frills 5K at Berry Springs Park.

Verns No Frills 5K

Leslie and I had run it back in January and we both really enjoyed it. Hard to beat a monthly 5K race for only $1! All proceeds go to back to the park, which is pretty cool. It really is a “no frills” race but an awesome one nonetheless.

It was a warm and humid morning surprise surprise so Brad and I started slow, running 3:1 intervals and getting our legs loosened up. The first mile was pretty slow but once we found our stride, our pace quickened and we were cruising. This is seriously a dream come true for me, to be running with my boyfriend and have him actually enjoy it. He even mentioned to me the other day “I like that we’re doing stuff together and getting out of the house at the same time. I’m really warming up to running” Cue my happy dance.

Near the end of the final mile we decided to ignore the beep of my Garmin and continue running. Once the finish was in sight we picked up the pace and kicked it into high gear, crossing the finish line in 36:01. It wasn’t my slowest race, nor was it my fastest. That’s not what was important that morning.

I crossed the finish line with my boyfriend, who is not a runner, but slowly warming up to the sport.

And that is much better than a PR.

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11 Comments

  1. krissy m. murphy

    What a great post! I can’t wait for my hubs to have that moment 🙂 I am helping him train for his first half in November 🙂

  2. You know, I am CONSTANTLY bragging && applauding you texas runners for having to get up so early to beat the heat!!! WOW! That is an AWESOME 5k price! I read your tweet about the race and it made me SO happy for you! So glad you guys got to cross the finish line together!

    I’m assuming he has the running bug now, right?! Mayyyybe you can convince him to train for 3M?! just sayin… 🙂 🙂

    • Well, he says he enjoys the short distances for now. He knows as time goes on I need to be doing longer runs for marathon training, so we’ll see what his breaking point is. He ran 6 mi w/me last summer, but wasn’t terribly happy about it. If I had to guess, I think 8 might be the max. HOWEVER, if he happens gets up near 10, I’m definitely going to start discussing 3M with him 😉

  3. First, I REALLY want shoes that color! Second, that’s sooo awesome!!!!!!! I love my time running with Matt, and I’m so glad you guys are getting to have that time together, too! Couples that sweat together stay together, right??

    • Exactly! I love how much you guys run together 🙂 I highly doubt we’ll ever run a half or a full, but I’m perfectly content with just a few miles. It puts a huge smile on my face!

  4. I am slowly getting my boyfriend over to running too, I’m sure doing a race together is lots of fun!

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