Well I did it. I ran my first 5k on September 4. And I surprised myself by how well I did. After working through what turned out to be a minor injury, I ended up beating my own average pace goal by 4 seconds. This was the graduation 5k that I’ve been training for with a beginning running group since late June. When I started out, I set a goal of getting to an average pace of 10 minutes per mile. I finished the Champions 5k with a time of 30:50 minutes, and an average pace of 9:56! I’m moving on to the next level with the running group in early October. We’ll be working to improve speed, endurance and performance at the 5K level. I can’t wait. In the mean time, I’ll be doing a lot of solo runs to prepare.