The Torchlight 5K Hurt

The paparazzi were out in full-force to capture my return to 5K’s after a 13 year hiatus at last night’s Torchlight 5K in downtown Minneapolis.

The course ran from 13th & Hennepin toward the river with turns on 3rd Ave & Portland followed by a trip around the new Gold Medal Park. From there, it was down to the Stone Arch Bridge, across, with a finish on Main St near the Aster Cafe.

Torchlight 5K Route

Kyle snapped this shot of me as I made the turn toward the Stone Arch Bridge:

Running the Torchlight 5K

Tim Kersey convinced me that this was a good idea during Julie MacGregor’s wedding reception last Saturday night. He was wrong. He also suggested that I could run an 18:30. He was wrong about that too. I was still on the Stone Arch Bridge at 18:30, and finished at 21:30.

Barring high heat, humidity, and a bacon blue cheeseburger for lunch, I think I could knock this down quite a bit without any additional running training. Although I hear training can help too.

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