This morning I ran my first* 5k! My goals were to run the whole thing without stopping and to finish in under 35 minutes. I’m pleased to report that 1) I did not die 2) I ran the whole thing without stopping and 3) I finished in 30 minutes!
The race wasn’t officially timed so I used the Nike app on my phone. The GPS didn’t kick in right away and I forgot to hit the stop button until I’d been across the finish line for about 30-45 seconds but still! I’m super proud of myself for accomplishing my goals!
Before the race, I was a nervous wreck. I welled up with tears like three times this morning because I was super scared.
Once the race started, I felt much better. It was surprisingly much easier to run amongst all those people than it is to run alone. I’d pick out targets ahead of me to pass and I was delightfully distracted from any tiredness or pain by listening to an episode of The Bugle. I find it nicer to run with a podcast rather than music because I don’t know what’s coming next and I have to pay attention to the speaker rather than my run. Probably not a great plan if I was running to beat my time or something but it works for me now.
Since this race was called the Bacon Chase, they offered all-you-can-eat bacon, cups of bacon bits at the water stations along the trail and a bloody mary after the race. I chose not to partake. Somehow the offer of greasy bacon and spicy tomato juice didn’t sound appealing when I’m drenched with sweat.
I had a few very sweet supporters. Christian stayed up way too late making signs and Sarina surprised me by showing up to cheer me on! I may or may not have welled up with tears again at the sight of them by the finish line.
Speaking of finish lines, Christian caught a picture of me smokin’ the old lady behind me. Good thing she had a bloody mary to wash down all my dust she just ate.
At the risk of sounding like an ego-maniac, I’m incredibly proud of myself and I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out! I felt good, comfortable and (dare I say it?) I’m really looking forward to doing more races in the future. Who knows? Maybe I’ll join Christian next year for the Indianapolis Half Marathon? We’ll see… first I need a hot shower and possibly a nap.
*I’ve signed up for two 5Ks in the past but never run them. One I walked with my college friends Rebecca and Diana and the other was one to support an animal shelter. Susie and I were so late for it, the 5K was over so we just walked around and pet peoples’ dogs.
ran a race, it was cool