The first weeks of January have gone well. This runner-blogger ran in three races, all of them 5Ks. However, it was a fartlek workout this past Sunday that really got me back into gear.
Speaking of gear, I don't know what it is about having a Garmin watch on but it seems to be a good feeling. During the three races in January, I wore the regular Timex watch during the races. Though they were okay, it wasn't a great jump in time from the first 5K to the last one.
On Sunday, I decided to forego the Rainbow Falls 5K, one of my favorite 5Ks in Golden Gate Park. Instead, I did a 5K as part of a nine to ten mile run. The 5K is a measured course along the Embarcadero right along San Francisco Bay and it is mostly flat.
The weather was ideal, partly cloudy with no wind. There's a little excitement going on in San Francisco right now with Super Bowl City, an area near the Ferry Building being constructed with the Super Bowl coming up in a couple of weeks.
That meant possibly a little less traffic on Sunday morning than normal. Other than a little detour near the Ferry Building, the 5K went really well. Unlike what's been happening in the last year, the leg turnover was as good as I've seen in a long, long time.
The 5K mark was right near the Orlando Cepeda statue at AT&T Park and the Garmin watch read 27:26! It hurt a little bit but an unbelievable feeling, it was. It was a struggle two weeks ago to break 31 minutes in a 5K at the Dolphin Club.
Three weeks away is the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon. The base mileage is there and now some speed training. Obviously, I cannot wait for the day!