Many ups and downs with running in my life:
I was a couch potato for 25 years, then ran my first 5k, then stopped for about five years.
I ran a half-marathon ten years ago, then repeated this every year for the next five years.
Five years ago I ran my last half-marathon, in San Francisco, which was my personal best time.
I thought I’d run a marathon after this (finally ?!), but I broke my leg in an accident after.
After two years I went for a basic 5k which was okay, and thought I’d ramp up again.
Then COVID happened and I stopped again.
This year I signed up for the first race I came across, a 10k, and then forgot about it.
I got a reminder a week before and realized I hadn’t done any sort of preparation for it.
I went anyway. It was embarrassingly hard, and I was at least 50% slower than five years ago.
I had terrible form, and my feet were aching, but it could’ve been worse, so I’m glad I went.
Now I can use this as an excuse to kickstart running again.
We’ll see where it goes.
P.S. this was the “Trailblazers” run, which happens along Stevens Creek Trail, which is a great spot in general. They have a 5k, 10k, and also walking and kids races, so there’s something for everyone. This time it started at the Microsoft campus and was pretty well organized. I recommend this as an annual event to try out, if you live nearby.