This year, i want to run a 5k once every quarter. Training has been very difficult with the bad weather, bad knee, and a busy schedule. First up on the schedule was the Coaster Run at Knott’s Berry Farm. Joy and I decided to spend the night at my parent’s house to save time on the morning commute and it gave us plenty of time in the morning to get ready, grab some starbucks, and get there with plenty of time to stretch. I was really hoping that the course would go into Knott’s, but it never does, and only runs parallel to he south side of the park. The course was really flat and fast, and the only varying elevation is the walkway tunnel from the parking lot to the park. I made sure to pace myself at the beginning and i told Joy that if i slow down that she should keep going without me. A few times she got ahead of me, but somehow i steadily caught up with her. Even towards the end when i thought she was way past me, i blew by her on my last minute sprint to the finish. I was amazed that i was actually able to maintain at least a jog the whole time and accomplished the only goal i had was to finish under 30 minutes, which i did with a very respectable time of 28:16.00, coming in 21st in the 30-34 male range. We enjoyed a few bites of boysenberry pie, and headed home.

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