On Thursday night, I crossed the finish line at Milwaukee’s Storm the Bastille 5K in 17:16.
It was my fourth personal record (PR) in five races this summer.
The one race I didn’t PR, I was pushing my son in a jogging stroller. So far this June and July, I’ve set personal best times in the mile (4:39), 4-mile (23:09) and now twice in the 5K.
My 33rd birthday was last October. But somehow I’m speeding up. Three years ago I was running just under 18 minutes for a 5K, and I thought that was fast. Now I’m faster.
How is this happening? It’s no secret, and it’s something I’ve talked about before: It’s about balance.
I’ve built training and rewarding myself into my routine. I run with others at work, bike commute when I can and often get my 1-year-old son to sleep on the weekends with a long run in the stroller.
With two kids, going out is much less frequent than it used to be. Instead, my wife and I enjoy craft beer with Netflix or split bombers like the amazing Central Waters HHG APA.
For the first time, I’ve also been tracking my nutrition habits with My Fitness Pal. This has made me more mindful of what I’m consuming in relation to my exercise for the day.
It’s made me cut back on days I’m less active, and feel good about rewarding myself on days I’ve earned it.
I don’t think I’m done yet. I think I have more personal records in me for this summer, this year, and if I’m lucky maybe even beyond that.
As long as I stay balanced.