Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race

A Belated Virtual Race Report – SYTO 5K

I have a terrible time committing to races.  Generally I don’t race a lot because they’re pretty expensive around here.  As much as I’d love to do a 5k event every weekend I’m not willing to fork over $25 for the pleasure of being out for less than an hour.  So you would think that I’d be better at committing to a virtual race.  Yeah, not so.  Mainly because I haven’t got a monetary loss to think about. 

This weekend was the Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race hosted by Adam at I Am Boring. Now, I signed up because a) I wanted to make sure I ran this weekend and b) I felt kind of bad about banditing his Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K back in the fall.  

Gotta say that I am a terrible race participant.  Here are the reasons I didn’t run on the day of the race:

  • I worked from 10:30am – 7pm.
  • I don’t run in the mornings by myself so wasn’t going out before work.  I also like to sleep in.
  • I wasn’t going to run by myself after work.  By the time we got home and got Spud to bed, Colin decided to go to a friend’s place and all I wanted to do was sit on my rear and watch Bridget Jones’ Diary again some crappy TV.  
So I ran on Sunday after work.  Now, I did not race myself for 5km.  I could have.  But I had a 7km long run scheduled and I knew I was going to run longer than that.  All in all I did about 11km.  Not sure, though, because my GPS battery crapped out at 8-ish.  I turned it back on and it promptly told me I’d gone a kilometre in 3:41.  

I’ve counted my first 5km from Sunday’s run as my official race time.  Given that it was part of a long run, I take a planned 1 minute walk break for every 20 minutes of running, and I had a whole bunch of traffic lights to contend with, I’m pretty happy with my performance.