Tomorrow I will be running a 5k fun run. My hit and miss training endeavor began back in May. This past Saturday I had planned to jog part of the course to prepare myself. As I mentioned in a previous post, the route I’ll be traveling is one laid out on a cross-country course. I showed up on the athletic field only to find a number of college teams prepping for an invitational meet. My grandiose plan went out the window.
Not to be dismayed, I walked over to the 400 meter track for one last workout before the fun run. Here’s where the my tale turns humorous. I began jogging laps, taking care to press lap on my iPhone each time I passed my water bottle propped up against the base of a light tower. During the course of the workout, I became convinced 16 laps was the 5k distance equivalent. So I jogged and jogged and jogged racking up laps.
At lap 14 I began to tire and pumped a couple favorite songs into my ear buds for some much needed inspiration. I ended my workout after lap 15 and decided to wander over to the cross-country venue to check out the race. I did not expect to see a total workout time of an hour and ten minutes. That was too much time for having not walked a single lap! Something was amiss and it troubled me the whole walk home.
I sat down on the sofa and began listing out my lap times on a piece of paper. The problem wasn’t with my iPhone, it was me. After much thought, it finally dawned on me 2.5 laps on a 400 meter track equals one kilometer. Since the race is 5k, I only needed to run 12.5 laps (not 15). I felt like a moron. My wife came to my rescue, “honey, at least you know you can jog the distance!”
Bring it on! I’m ready as I’ll ever be.