good for you! sometimes a race is the best workout, I agree. If you feel you might be stretching the race logistics a bit, maybe select your races accordingly. Around here, there are tons of charity centered races where a large proportion of the entrants have no intention of running fast, or even neccesarily running...so you would have plenty of company. For instance, I just checked a Turkey Trot I did last year, and there were 400 finishers over 50min.
You must defend your CARA title!!! Get moving
I agree Rudy. I never get to such an elevated aerobic level in training, as I do in a race. Just the convivality of the other runners and on-lookers puts me in a good mood. And I try to do my best, despite the spectacle of being DFL, five minutes or more behind the other runners.
And as I've said before, I never was a star athlete...never even considered myself an athlete. My mother, quite the intellectual, always disparaged jocks. And until reading Aerobics by Dr Ken Cooper in 1968, was never active at all. And didn't enter my first race until 1976, when I was 35.
When did you guys first do a 5k race?
Probably in my late 20's. I was trying to quit smoking and my father (most uncharacteristically - maybe somebody put him up to it) asked if I wanted to jog w him on the WU track. After a while I was running pretty well though I didn't realize what I had and had no clue about training. Then did some Track club races in Forest Park, there was probably a 5k in those. Entered a marathon and dropped out when I hit the wall.
Probably late 20s for me, too, or maybe around 30. First orienteering experience around 35, by which time I was pretty into ultramarathon trail races. That was a long time ago. Last ultra I did was probably sometime in the late 90s, at about age 50-52 or thereabouts. Did a few rogaines after that, but don't expect that will ever happen again. Now I find that my walking pace and my running pace are more or less converging.
Gee, you guys started early. Or maybe you started at the same time I did (late 1960's) but I was older than you then....and now.
About ten years after I began to run, I fell in with a bunch of triathletes, and really began to train: running, biking, and swimming miles in Lake Michigan. It was only ten years later, in my 50's, that I showed up for my first O meet. And I have to say, orienteering changed my life in more ways than any other sport. Thanks guys!