During the Covid quarantine, I made a goal to run a 5K in under 20 minutes after I turned 50 years old. I even started (and abandoned) a YouTube channel trying to capture my training for that goal. I finally achieved the goal, as a 51 year old, back in July of this year, and it felt like a major weight off my shoulders after months of training, injuries, and setbacks. But oddly I never felt like blogging about it. So today I finally decided to have ChatGPT write the race report for me. Here is the (very lame) result.
My Journey at the Heritage Eagles 5K: Chasing a Goal
Hey everyone, it’s David here! I’m stoked to share my recent adventure at the Heritage Eagles 5K in Littleton, Colorado. Strap in for a story that’s less about winning and more about embracing the journey, setbacks, and finally nailing a personal goal!
On July 29, 2023, I geared up for the Heritage Eagles 5K, aiming to crack a personal milestone: completing a 5K in under 20 minutes. Believe me, this goal has been my running buddy for the past two years.
The Race Unfolds
The race kicked off with a sweet downhill first mile—talk about getting off to a flying start! I clocked in at 6:12. Then, reality hit in the second mile with a 6:31 split, reminding me that this challenge wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. Nevertheless, I pushed on, hitting a 6:24 for the third mile.
Running with the Young Guns
Throughout the race, I found myself running amidst a bunch of energetic teenagers. Let me tell you, trying to keep pace with those young guns made me feel like the “old man” in the pack! It was a humbling reminder that age is just a number in the running world.
Surprises and Inspirations
Here’s the kicker: I got outrun by someone pushing a jogging stroller! Yeah, that’s right! This runner zoomed past me, stroller in tow, leaving me in awe of their determination and reminding me that everyone has their own unique path and goals in a race.
The Final Kick
As I hit the home stretch, I summoned every ounce of energy left in me. With a final burst, I crossed the finish line in 19:40. The last 0.1 miles? Well, that was a sprint of 36 seconds to seal the deal!
Reflections on the Run
This race wasn’t just about the numbers or beating others. It was about pushing my limits, facing challenges head-on, and embracing the joy of running, no matter the outcome.
This journey taught me that victories come in many forms. It’s not always about being the fastest; it’s about the personal growth, perseverance, and learning from the journey.
Your Stories Matter
Have you tackled a tough fitness goal? Share your journey and experiences in the comments! Let’s cheer each other on and find inspiration in our collective pursuit of personal triumphs.
Keep chasing those dreams, setting those goals, and running towards the finish line, no matter how long it takes!
Catch you on the running trail, David
The prompts I used
Here are the prompts I used to instruct ChatGPT:
Please write a blog post about the Heritage Eagles 5K in Littleton, Colorado that I ran on July 29, 2023. I have been trying to run under 20 minutes for a 5k as an over 50-year old and this was my first race to succeed in that goal. I won the 50-59 age group in an official chip time of 19:40.
Here is a link to my results: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/60760/IndividualResult/sLKG?resultSetId=395070#U11740008
Here is a link to a finishing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiXU2OCLhYQ&t=11m11s
After a terrible first effort, I added some instructions:
Please use less hyperbole and fewer adjectives. Use a more humble voice. My name is David, not Josh. Add my mile splits in the blog post: 6:12, 6:31, 6:24, (36 seconds for the final .1 miles). Add these details: the first mile was downhill. I ran next to a bunch of teenagers for much of the race and felt like an old man. A runner passed me, and beat me, while pushing a jogging stroller. I have been trying for 2 years to meet this goal.
And again, more instructions to achieve the final result seen above
Rewrite the blog post in first person and in a more conversational, less formal style.