I kicked off this morning with the Dash for Dads 5K with an 8:00am start time and a 27:12 official race time! Yeah! That’s much better than my performance at the Rochester Corporate Challenge this past Tuesday. It definitely helped that it was not a crowded race and I was able to run at my pace without bumping into the surrounding crowd. I also started to mix in some recent evolution running tips (thanks @esnagel) and mostly tried to be aware that anytime I felt like I was stomping on the ground I needed to pull in my steps and speed them up. I’ll need to watch that again and pick up some more tips to work into my running. It was a little awkward since it changed my breathing pattern. Usually I do 4 step breathing as I’m starting and work into a stuttering 3-in then 3-out rhythm. With the faster steps my breathing went out of sync and landed at 1 bigger breath per 3 or 4 steps. I’ll figure it out as I get used to running a little different. It also helped that I hit the first mile marker at 8:02. Once I knew I was going at that pace there was a little surge of confidence and I worked a little harder to keep it up. On a fun note, it’s also worth mentioning that I was racing with someone who is big into the P90X training program. I did roughly 5 minutes better than them having followed a rigorous MGD64 based training program Yeah, hopefully that stirs up a little extra competition for the next race. I’m checking now for a 5K to run in July, and then it’s time to finish up some more work around the yard!