Training & Goals
Since January 1st I've been working on coming back after a period of no running, managing knee pain, and working on losing some pandemic weight. It hasn't been going too well. During the first months of the year I saw progess with weight loss, but the summer has been a disaster. My knees have also been a problem; regular steroid shots seem to lose their effectiveness earlier each time and take longer to provide relief. So it's not great. By race morning I was three weeks out of running at all and had very low expectations.
I also decided to use this race as my run for the 2022 Virtual Global Energy Race 5K. I don't normally like to "double up" a virtual race with another event, but I felt stressed during the week long race window, due to various factors, and I don't have time for that. Doubling up helped save my sanity.
I picked up a new running watch, the Garmin 245, and I would be using it for the first time during the race. I set up easy 1:2 run:walk intervals and aimed to do what I felt up to, after a walking warm-up.