Saturday, June 26, 2010

5k's and Lots of Scathes

I have two things to report. I ran a 5k. And I have bruises all over my body.

I ran a 20:30 in the 5k (6:36 mile pace). It was a small race with 142 people, and I managed to get 5th place with this time. The whole fifth place thing makes me feel good. But the fact that I was able to run a 5k just as fast six months ago makes me feel bad. In the end, I think it averages out a little on the feeling bad side. I've been running, but apparently not enough to get faster. Boo.

And then the bruises... Those make me feel good. I don't watch football, I don't drive a truck, and I don't have cravings for steak and potatoes. Something has to connect me to my fellow man species, right? So why not bruises all over my body to show how tough I am? If you got 'em, flaunt 'em. That's what I say. So last weekend I took my shirt off and hung out at the hotel pool to show everyone what's up. I know what you're thinking. But I earned them fair and square so shut up.

Anyway, I quickly realized that perhaps people thought I was diseased. The circular wounds did look a bit like ring worm. Holy crap?! People think I have ring worm? I put my shirt back on.

The bruises were caused by a fun filled day of playing paintball. Hence, the circular shape. Me and fourteen other guys had bruises everywhere. One guy went running shirtless on a treadmill afterward. The lady next to him at the gym did a double take at his ring worm looking torso and moved machines. Perhaps paintball wounds are contagious. You can never be too cautious.

This week I'm kicking my running up a notch to 20+ miles per week. I've realized it's due time for me to get more aggressive about reaching my goals. I don't think 20 miles/week is a ton, but at least progress.


  1. LOL, I have had those paintball war wounds before. They sting! I can imagine the look on peoples face that did not know!

  2. Whyyyy don't you watch football? Unlike futbol an American team ALWAYS wins ;)

    Congrats on your 5th place finish! I will never understand the appeal of paint balling. Thanks for reminding me of that.

  3. I still think that's a darn good 5k time. And I tend to wear my bruises with pride. I also love football, so perhaps I'm just a pretty dude... hmm... :p

  4. have fun stepping it up! and i'm yet to play paint ball... don't know what i'm waiting for!

  5. that time blows me away, if that makes you feel any better.

    and why was there no picture to accompany this post, ringworm bruise man?

  6. 5k is my favorite run...I feel good with it...I feel comfortable to 5k running...but even this is my run proper body condition is always needed...:D

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