Me and My Nine Iron

February 22, 2010

Running is my weakness

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 5:28 pm

Yesterday morning was the date of Pasadena Marathon 2010, and in it, I ran my very first 5k. When I finished the race, I was lightheaded and probably could have garnered a lot of attention if I just pretended that my knees buckled and I closed my eyes, but I didn’t. It was the first time I ever felt that way from a run, but that’s probably because I never ran 3.1 miles straight, which was one of my goals for the race. It also left me sore today from my calves up to my back and made me realize that a 10k and half marathon would be brutal and challenging while a marathon would be undesirable altogether. Besides, my running partner, who ran a 10k before, put it best when he said, “You just go slower. Nothing revolutionary happens.”

My other goal was to break 30 minutes. When I finished, I felt good that, having run the entire time, I was able to achieve this feat, but I didn’t even come close. My finish time was 32:45 for a pace of 10:33 a mile. Here’s the part where you can enjoy yourselves fully at my expense while I spit out some more split statistics from the results.

Overall: 387 out of 994
Men: 198 out of 362
M 20-24: 19 out of 23
M 24: 11 out of 11

Every which way you look at it, it’s pretty disappointing not being able to be in the top half of any of the male categories. Granted, I was unable to train for the event, leaving me far from top shape, but I guess it gave me a goal to reach next time I hit the 5k. Whether that’s my next race is undetermined, with the following also of interest.

5k obstacle course mud run
And if I ever make it out to Boston again, the 5k where you drink a pint of beer and eat a hot dog every ‘k,’ aka the Big Man run.




  1. Legit foot ailment had me hobbling for weeks up to the day of the race.

    I got an awesome polyester t-shirt and an Olympic gold medal for finishing. No, just a nice medal.

    Comment by Bryan — February 22, 2010 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  2. respect.

    Comment by Chris — February 22, 2010 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  3. wait, why were you unable to train? good job on finishing tho. and i’m sure you got an awesome t-shirt.

    Comment by djkimsby — February 22, 2010 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

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