"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side

Sunday, 6 March 2011

"I Just Felt Like Running" virtual 5km race report.


I’ve never run a 5km race so I was excited to get a chance to do a virtual 5km. Thanks to Jeff (Detroit Runner) for hosting this virtual race. I planned my week’s training so that I could fit in a 5km on Saturday. I used it as a warmup fo my Sunday marathon.

It was a beautiful morning with perfect running conditions. I loved the fact that I could walk to the start while viewing these…

…and these.


I had plenty of fans to support me and give me some personal attention before the start.


I decided to take it easy as I did not want to push too hard the day before a marathon. My aim was to run under 30 mins for the 5km while staying comfortable the whole way. I ran a 2.5km loop from my house twice for the 5km.

My final time 29:09. That’s more than fast enough for this ultra runner.


The fans were very happy for me and excited that I had such a good run.


Have a great week everyone! Oh, and yes, the marathon went well too. Report will follow later this week.

21 comments:

Kate said...

Those are some ardent fans you have! :) Nice job on your 5k! :)

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

Really, my race was your first 5k? With all your running I'm surprised. You are probably used to a 5 in the race like 50k right? Great job fitting it especially before a marathon.

Char said...

Your fans were out in droves, weren't they? Good luck with that marathon.

HappyTrails said...

It is awesome to have such a great fan club Johann!!! :-)

Laura said...

Haha! Love this race report!

Jill said...

I love your support/fan club members, those are the BEST ever :). Nice job on your first 5K...one day you'll have to run a real one to see how much you really hate them - no worse race distance ever invented! Ha.

Lisa said...

best fan club ever!

ajh said...

Love your fans. Hope your marathon is a good one.

Julie said...

Awww...that last picture put a huge smile on my face!

Good job on your run!

Molly said...

I'm going to do my race tomorrow! Now I know what time to try and beat you with : )

Ewa said...

Aren't virtual races great? You get to pick your route, time of day and fans. Are you sure though the white fan was really that excited? :)

Vera said...

I love it Johann! I think it's your fans that really made race special, isn't it? Great job! :-)

Natalia said...

Very nice race, and fan club! Thanks for the kind words, as things have been so hectic, and I have been out of it. Ek is n' bietjie ongelukkig oor die 2 Oceans, maar as jy iemand ken in Kaapstad, kan hulle miskien my plek neem. Ek weet dat hulle hou nie daarvan nie, (om n' ander jou plek te gee), maar as iemand dit wil he, sal ek nog n' donation maak, en dan kan ons beter daaroor voel.......

Chris K said...

Hey Johann, I got a picture of a train for you in Dubai :-) You and 5K just doesn't seem right to me.

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

I think they should have special prize categories at 5k's for ultrarunners :)

The Green Girl said...

Hey! Looks like I'm not the only one begging for Dubai pictures. Heh.

Congratulations on your very first 5k. ::grins::

Giorgio said...

Great job on your 5 km race!
Nice to have such a great fan club :)

ultra collie said...

were the aid stations good??

Amy said...

Cute fans and an automatic PR - what could be better?

Jennifer said...

You have super cute fans!

Lesley said...

Nice run! I enjoyed your pictures too, as usual! :) Look forward to your marathon report.