I ran my first 5K in forever this past weekend. This was the first race for my best friend's husband, and I agreed to run the race with him. He is 6'1", a fit cyclist and 12 years younger than me. I suspected I would have problems staying with him despite my lengthy running career. (turns out I was correct in that assumption) The morning dawned cold (at least for this now-Southerner) and windy! Went out a little fast--it has been so long since I have raced, that my thought was this should be uncomfortably hard. Hit the first mile in 8:25. Oops. It was indeed uncomfortable (and reminded my why i prefer longer races). We continued with some rolling hills and I started falling off a bit, hitting mile 2 in 8:48. The last mile was more uphill and into the friggin wind, 8:54 despite me trying to kick. Final turn toward the finish was 7:48 pace. Garmin had my 5K at 26:52 which was good for second in the female 50-54 age group. He finished about 30 seconds ahead of me and seemed happy with the day's performance. My recent training has not been as consistent as I would like--there have been some family illness that prevented me from consistent training, and I took two months off last summer to focus on cycling so I could prepar to ride in the MS 150. My current plan is to be more consistent (of course, isn't that everyone's intent?). I have a half marathon next weekend that I am woefully unprepared for--my longest training run recently was 7 miles, i plan to get a 9 or 10 miler in this weekend and then JFR 13 miles with 3000 of my closest friends in however long it takes. What could go wrong? After this, the next race on the schedule is the Yellowstone half in June--which is at elevation with a large hill at the midpoint. Again, this will be a race with 3000 of my closest friends, but I want to have a better base for this one than my local nearly sea level. Then maybe a goal race this fall.