so the big question was: who can run a 5K faster?
talent vs. training?
male vs. female?
ME VS. JOSH?
in one corner, we have joshua: a nearly-6′ tall male, a former college cross-country and track athlete with actual running talent who sadly doesn’t have much time for such things anymore. if he gets in one run a week — well, then it’s been a good week. he does get lots of time on his feet on a daily basis, but in scrubs, not shorts. does running to answer pages count as cross-training?
in the other, we have me: a mere 11 inches shorter, and no Y chromosome to be found. also, no real athletic or running talent, but with brute-force dedication galore. no taper, but with consistent running spanning the last several years (with exceptions made while injured, of course).
so, over the course of a 5K challenge, who prevailed?
as a future endocrinologist, i was not surprised to see that hormones (and genes) reigned supreme. ie, josh kicked my bootie. but not by much! the course was very hilly (duh, i should have known. it’s not called chapel flat, after all) and the last mile was mostly UP — quite painful! but i did the best i could and was surprised and pleased to see 23:17 on the clock as i finished (i don’t have my chip time yet). without adjustment for chip time, that’s 5 seconds off of my previous PR! i’m definitely happy with how things went.
josh finished 50 or so seconds ahead of me. the gap is closing . . . give me a few more years to train (and for him to not) and maybe i’ll catch up. or not.
now, we’re off for some more sporting fun — we are going to cameron indoor to watch duke beat miami!! at least, i hope so.