23:48. That was my time for Saturday's 5K. Now-- If you compare that to my last 5K time (23:18)it sounds like I'm slacking a bit-- but this race was chock full of those dreaded-- HILLS.
It took place in my hometown, Geneva,N.Y.-- where I was born and raised. Geneva (about 2 hrs from Buffalo) is a suburb of Rochester and is the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes area of New York State-- Known for it's wineries and-- gorgeous rolling hills: And it was those hills that nearly KILLED me-- My calves still hurt. The route-- had a total of four hills, three of which were very steep. I was sooo tempted to walk up the last incline but thankfully decided against it. There was also added pressure here to finish at a decent time. A camera, from my TV station, was there filming. For those of you who don't know, I am a News Anchor for the ABC affiliate in Buffalo. The station is working on a story about the Buffalo Marathon (May 24Th) and the training-- My three colleagues and I-- are going through to get ready, we are only running the half. They chose this 5k to do my showcase story which will air sometime this month...I'm just happy I didn't embarrass myself too badly!
Question: What is your advice to get over those hills easier?? and why do my calves hurt so much? Is that from going up, or running down the hills too hard which I admit to doing in this race? Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Here are some more pictures of myself, and Friends who ran with me... By the way, the weather was wonderful! 80's, sunny-- almost too hot, which isn't bad for the end of April in Upstate NY.
I am a down to earth, kind, fun and active fellow. I am a news anchor for the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, NY. I put friends and family before anything else-- and measure success by my level of happiness.
Current News: Training to run my first marathon in January-- in Walt Disney World: Countdown:
Apr 12: Friends Of the Night 5K: 27:20
Apr 18: Feel the Spirit 5K: 23:18
Apr 25: Heron 5k: 23:48
May 2: L.J. Billittier Memorial 5K Run: 22:50
MAY 24TH: THE BUFFALO Half MARATHON: 1:46:59
JUN 13th: Komen Race for Cure 5k: 22:08
Aug 8th: Buffalo Broadcasters 5k: 21:32
Not too long ago-- I was a cigarette smoking out of shape fella. I kicked the smoking habit and picked up running. I'm now addicted! If you're a runner- or want to be-- welcome! Lets learn together. I want to hear your ideas and I want to share mine.