Over the past 13 months, I've written many times about my Seattle benchmark workout. Greenlake. Greenlake is a popular park here with runners, walkers, kids, strollers, rollerbladers, cyclists, pretty much everyone. In fact, on a sunny day, its as if the entire population of the greater Seattle ares finds themselves at Greenlake.
Because I have written many times about Greenlake, I have some pretty cool data that I can go back and look at. Posts where I couldn't wait to come home and write about how I kicked so much ass. I really broke things down in my last post about Greenlake, on Sunday, September 19, 2010 (here). That's right, the last time I ran Greenlake was exactly 17 weeks ago.
I haven't been running at all really since starting CrossFit. Occasionally our workouts include running, but not distances like 5K's. So, to be able to go out an run a 5K as if I've never stopped running regularly is amazing. And then to BEAT MY TIME BY MORE THAN 3 MINUTES is even more amazing. One year ago, I don't think I could have run all the way around the lake without stopping, and it would have taken me 39 minutes or so? I remember in February or March running it in 35:41, and being SO happy. Then in September, running it in 33:33. And today, 30:23.
I don't even know what to say. I haven't run Greenlake as fast as I did today in 8 years? 9 years? I was SO CLOSE (24 seconds) away from having a sub-30 minute 5K. It was really windy, so next time I'll get it for sure.