this morning james and i ventured north to the aptly named city of north salt lake. nan is currently in town and told me about the NSL 5k, which she was planning on running with her family. i was very interested in running this race for two reasons: 1) to see nan, of course! and 2) to "officially" get back into the running scene after my month-long hiatus.
the last time i ran a 5k was on memorial day, and it ended horribly (i.e. i couldn't walk). that race was also the last time that i ran on pavement, so i knew i needed to be very careful today. i found nan at the start line -- she was running with her daughter breanne (who, by the way is very fast; 5 years old and a natural runner!). i knew i wanted to stick with them and try and keep up with breanne as much as possible. i was inspired by her determination and athletic prowess, and i knew i would be lucky if i could stay with her through the first mile.
it turns out that nan and i were able to hang on until about half way through the race, but then she dropped us both and flew through the second half at 6:00 pace. nan and i picked up the pace to try and catch her, but it was futile; she was long gone. i am not quite sure what pace we were running once we picked it up (my internal garmin needs to be re-calibrated), but i know that it was the fastest i have gone since i started running again (faster than a jog). my leg felt good and it held up just fine, although my breathing felt somewhat labored. but that is fine by me -- the fitness will come back someday. i was just glad to be out there running again. nan was kind and hung with me to the end and it was great to run with her for a few minutes and catch up. thanks for the great suggestion, nan!
*the city of north salt lake has incredibly immaculate park bathrooms.