By the time I was finished running around Lake Calhoun I had realized why I hadn't run in a long time. Actually that is an inaccurate statement since I thought that about 5 minutes into my run. A more accurate statement would be: By the time I was finished running around Lake Calhoun I had realized that I was an idiot for betting my coworker $20 that I could run 3.1 miles at an 8 minute a mile pace.
You see back in the day I used to be a cross-country runner. It was only for a year and I primarily did it to get in shape for basketball, but for one season I did my share of 5Ks. During that time I ran an average of about 21 or 22 minutes for each 5K. My best was an 18:33, which just so happened to be an average around 6 minutes a mile. Of course that was 8 and a half years ago and a lot of things (college and working in a cube) have happened that have severely hurt my level of athletic ability.
It is a sign of my age that I thought I could do this, but unfortunately it is also a sign of my age that I failed. I ran a 5K (partially with a small rock in my shoe) around the lake in 26 minutes 45 seconds.