This weekend I ran my second race, the Chick-fil-A at Larkridge 5k Run. Oddly enough, it was another first-annual race like my first one. This time my instructions from Carl were to aim for a 7.4mph speed and accelerate the last half-mile. Like before, I started pumped-up and ran faster than the planned pace (with my Garmin watch showing me I was about 25 seconds ahead of my virtual partner) and I maintained that (give or take 5 seconds) throughout the race, which entailed such scenery as Home Depot and Sears.
I ended up beating my last result by 1:40 minutes, and this time It didn't feel like I sold myself short. I had two friends from work come as well, which made it more social, especially with my wife not wanting to get up at 6:30am on a Saturday morning (go figure...).
With a better result than last time - 23:40.8 vs 25:20 - I came in at 13th place of all male, 17th of all 100 runners. Not too shabby for someone who never ran more than an arm-length until four and a half months ago.
Here is the course and data, allowing you to know everything about my running, from cadence and heart rate to my thoughts during the race (OK, I admit, technology still has a bit to go in order to do that...):