So, a couple weeks ago, I read about a virtual 5K to benefit the earthquake victims in Christchurch, New Zealand. The idea was to run 3 miles at any time this last weekend and then donate $5 to the Red Cross of New Zealand. Oh yeah, and to wear red and black, that area's colors.
Since I was already planning to run Saturday, I figured why not, right?
I started Saturday by playing a quick round of disc golf with my friends Kurt and Jason. I got clobbered as always. Someday, I will get good at that game. Maybe if I were to, I don't know, practice a bit more, it would help.
What was funny was that there was a 5 K going on there for St. Patrick's Day. If I'd known about that, I probably would have signed up. But by the time we were done playing, they were finishing up. I did find out how to possibly participate next year. We'll see how the schedule fits in with the St. Pat's Hat ultimate Frisbee tournament.
But I followed their course for my run. I'd actually been wanting to run some of the trails in the park, and there's a good cross country course back there. I'm not sure if all the gates are always open or if they were only for the race.
Actually, I ran 6 miles, the 5K course twice. I stopped in between to talk to the organizers of the race a little. And I walked up a big up hill section both times. I really, really need to get better at running hills. Obviously, the hill in Canyon Country Park, where I normally run, isn't a big enough challenge. Even with the walking and the stopping to talk, I finished in an hour and twenty minutes. That is a fast run for me, so I am thrilled. I didn't feel like I was pushing it that much, either. The downhill parts much have sped me up a lot more than I thought they did.
Here are some pictures:
You can sort of see the trail off to the sides of the picture. That's where I was running.
Proof I was wearing red and black. It's hard to take a picture of yourself, you know? And those things in my ear? That's the new Walkman from Sony. I'll be reviewing it soon, but so far I like it. Steve really should be getting a commission for selling these after the post on his blog about them.
And the weather for this? Mid 60's. While I like weather in the upper 70's to low 80's, I've got to admit this was perfect weather for a run.