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5K Run Adam Culp Race Race Report Running

Susan G. Komen 5K completed

Well, the race is past and I didn’t do too bad.  I placed 31st in my age group of 117 participants, and 391 out of 2,922 overall participants.  My final time was 24:12. Click here to see the complete race results.

It was a very cold day, for South Florida, and my lungs ache from breathing hard during the race.  Otherwise it felt great to race for the first time since high school more than 20 years ago.

I feel fueled by this pretty decent race and have decided that I wanted more fun.  I will continue training and will find more races in the future.

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5K Run Adam Culp Running training

Time to train for my first race in a long time, a 5K run.

It came to my attention that others in the company I worked for were going to participate in a 5K Susan G. Komen race in West Palm Beach on January 31st.  I was feeling pretty good, and decided that with a month and a half to train I would like to run it also since it was only 3.1 miles.  Surely I could do that, after all I already run 3 miles for some workouts.  This will be just like another workout, but with hundreds of other people.

Found out that even though I can still register for the race it is too late for me to be considered on the same team as my co-workers.  Oh well, I will still go and have some fun.

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5K Run Adam Culp Endurance Training Marathon Race Running

The Start…

I have a brown belt in judo and want to start preparing to test for my black belt.  I realize that even though I am an active person, I am not in the best of shape.  Muscles are a bit soft, and my endurance…well, I don’t have any.  Sure, I run from 1 to 3 miles a few times per month, but it is truly hard work to really complete the longer distances.  As for weight training, I lift a bottle of beer once in awhile, as well as move my wireless mouse around my desk while coding. (I am a programmer.)  The only exercise I really get is attending judo class twice per week with my son. (No, I was never fat at 184 pounds and 6’1″.  Just not in great shape.)

In November 2008 a new LA Fitness will opening down the street from where I was work.  I had been thinking it would be nice to get into better shape, so after the required haggling to get the lowest monthly cost I joined the gym. (It is not even open yet, but I signed up and waited until they opened their doors to start working out.)

As with most men I tend to show results of weight training pretty quickly. (My wife hates that, and thinks it is so unfair.) I started feeling pretty good within a the first month, and also noticed that my strength in judo was drastically improved.