Friday, November 24, 2006
I did it! I ran my first 5K. It was so much fun! I can't wait for the next one. I guess I was pretty nervous before the race because I couldn't get my oatmeal down in the morning. We got there only a half an hour before the race, but I still had time to pick up my chip, use the bathroom, and warm up. Starting off in a crowd of over 1000 runners was such an awesome feeling I almost cried. I took one short walk break for a few seconds at the 2 mile mark on a hill, but other than that I ran the whole thing! Mile 3 was tough, but I slowed down my pace, kept my breathing relaxed, and pressed on. Turning the last corner and seeing the finish line was a great feeling. I saw my husband and kids there cheering me on, and that gave me the boost I needed to sprint to the finish line. My goal was 33 minutes and my time was 32:07!! It felt great! With all the excitement I forgot to stretch afterward and my muscles are sore today, but my joints feel fine. I was concerned I might be pushing myself too hard since I still had a month left of training, but I'm so glad I went for it anyway. The 5K on New Years Day will be right after I've completed the C25K program, and for that race I hope to come in under 30 minutes.