Today I ran in the CDPHP Workforce Challenge. It's a 3.5 mile "race" around downtown Albany. I put race in quotes because they had 10,000 participants this year and I had no clear path the entire race. It's ok though because the event is more about getting out and doing something than busting one out.
My GPS watch said I did 3.52 miles in 32:09.84 for a pace of 9:08/mile which is really close to my goal of 9 minute miles. My average heart rate was 173 bpm so you know I was working. I beat last year's time by a couple of minutes so I'm happy with the results. I can tell my track work is paying off because I wasn't dead when I finished. I wanted to sprint the last quarter mile, but the course was too crowded.
I have a Garmin Forerunner 305 which is pretty hefty and it slides around a bit when I run which is annoying so I'm going to think about getting a smaller one. I can use the bigger one for biking and a smaller one for these races. I plan on running a ~3 mile race every month or so and the watches aren't that expensive.
My company had a good turnout and it seemed like people had a good time regardless of their fitness level. There was also a fair amount of eye candy on the course which is always appreciated. Y'all know I'm a big fan of a nice ass in tight workout pants.