Days 714-711: 3000 metres and Other Stuff

I am speeding the daily summaries up yet again to finally reach the present day. I want to be on track but this requires sacrifices. To be completely honest, I don’t remember every single day that led me to this moment. They were quite similar, yet wonderfully unique but as they have gone past already, they might not be so significant. Thus, I have crowded Monday-Thursday into one large bundle. Friday and the weekend do deserve a separate post, they were rather different. The most important day of the week was Wednesday because I started my track race season. I am a long distance runner, so the shorter distances on the track are not my main races. They simply complement my racing calendar and provide the opportunity to improve my speed. 3000 metres is possibly one of the best things to try. 5000 and 10,000 are already quite long-ish and require loads of mental power to be conquered. These, too, lay ahead. But let’s focus on the 3000-metre race. I had tried it once before, a year ago, on the same track. The 7,5 laps didn’t seem so bad anymore. Especially when compared to 12,5 or 25 laps that make up the 5000-metre and 10,000-metre races. At times, I felt that the finish line could come sooner but all in all it was quite a nice race. I didn’t strain myself too much. However, looking back, I guess I could have made some more effort and run faster. I had too much energy left inside me once I had finished. But 11.35, which meant a PB of 30 seconds, is quite nice. This means that my pace was 3.52 min/km. Fine. But this definitely isn’t my last word. The race itself took place at 7pm, in a small place called Kohila. They have a whole long-distance racing series there (although, 400m, 800m, 1000m, 1,500m, 2000m – also scheduled in the next months – aren’t really long-distance events…). It’s a small race, honestly, but its homeliness actually is what makes it so good. In Estonia, it really is possible to know almost everyone who comes to the starting line. A small community of happy athletes.

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

IT training full on! + managed to do a bit of translation work and earn some money. Oh, and I found a place where I could do my internship once the training is over. I was afraid that I’d be the last one to find a place but I think I was actually the first! They needed someone who is good at English. They picked me. So excited! On June 4, I shall start my internship at a company that deals with artificial intelligence.

2. Write AND publish a book.

My reading habit is alive and well, even when I don’t have any time to write myself. However, I did submit another story for another contest. The contest calendar from the Writing Magazine really is useful.

3. Win a major race.

Didn’t win a race but achieved a new PB in 3000 metres. Thus, I conquered myself. With 30 seconds. That’s a lot for such a distance.

Photo of the Week

In other news… practicing my act for a burlesque event.

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