Monday, September 07, 2009
Disneyland 5k Sep 5, 2009
I was so nervous! I'd fallen just the week before rock climbing and just 7 days ago could not take a single step. But I was walking with only a few twinges by the day before the race so I decided to go ahead and run.
I got up at 5:37am - not a normal hour for me. I am NOT a morning person. Started coffee and got in the shower to wake up. Ate a waffle with cream cheese and a banana. Took 2 Aleeve. Took coffee and water in the truck to drink on the way. Left at 6:10am.
Parked at 6:38 and headed for the starting line. I thought the race started at 7 but apparently it was 6:45 so I was cutting it a little close. My sparkfriend Tammy was there to once again tell me I could do this and she would meet me at the finish line.
As I stood waiting for the gun to go off, I was still so nervous. I started tearing up. Just 9 months ago I could barely run 30 seconds without thinking I was going to collapse. What if my foot rebelled? Could I really do this? But I was there and there was no backing out now.
The gun went off and I had to walk the first bit because it was so crowded. But then it eased up and I started running. My goal was to run the first mile than do mile 2 and 3 with some walking intervals. I had been very worried that I would be at the back of the pack, in danger of being "swept." I'd had visions of being chased by the "sweeper." But I seemed to be solidly in the middle. People were passing me, but I was passing quite a people too! I decided to just focus on my race. When I reached the mile 1 marker and saw 12:02, I was shocked! I have never in my life run a 12 minute mile - I usually run closer to 15 minute pace and 14 on a good day!
Mile 2 - without my interval watch, I decided to walk when I needed and run when I could. It seemed to take forever to reach the second mile. Several times I thought "How could I not be there yet?" I hit the mile 2 marker at 25:30 which meant I'd run the second mile in 13:30 - still faster than I'd ever run in training! I couldn't believe it! My foot was sore and giving me many twinges but I was hanging in there.
Mile 3 - Still walked when I had to but ran as much as I could. I pushed myself tthinking this is a race - I should be wore out at the end. As I came around for the final stretch, I could hear "20 seconds to beat 40 minutes!" 40 minutes? I have never run this distance faster that 44:30! I tried to run faster but my foot was really hurting by this point - I missed the 40 minute mark but am still very proud to have made 40:12! A great time and injured!
Tammy was there and got a picture of me - good thing as I never think to bring a camera. I was so grateful she was there to share in that moment!
I am proud of my time and myself for starting and finishing my first 5k!
Thank you to sparkfriends who told me back when I signed up I could do this, who sent me numerous goodies and comments wishing me well the night before and the morning of the race!
Becky, Jen, Bev, Becki, Jeannie, Mary and Mary!
And thank you for all the congrats after!
And yes I am still limping because my right heel is sore as all get out!
But I wouldn't change a thing - I proved to myself that I can do exactly what I set out to do! I need to have more faith in myself!