I should mention here that my girlfriends are a pair who have run marathons and completed IronMan competitions. They certainly did not need to spend this kind of time getting from start to finish, but they did. This is one of the many things that keeps me running even though I am not really great at it. There is this inherent sense of community in which anyone who is willing to pound the pavement is welcome.
Needless to say I am now addicted. Apparently 5Ks are the runner's gateway drug and sure enough I am itching to do it again. We are already registered for the Downtown Jingle 5K in a month and I am jazzed to get a bit better by then.
Current 5k time: 37:42 (12:10 splits)
*He did 31:01 with 100 pounds of kid and jogger. I am so impressed because that thing is a total bitch to run with.