Friday, November 28, 2008
Our town does its Turkey Trot 5K the day after Thanksgiving. Last year, I was able to walk the 1st mile 3 weeks after having back surgery, so this year I wanted to jog that first mile then walk/jog the rest. I haven't jogged in a race since I was a teen, so this was a new experience for me! Over the past year, I've been increasing my walking endurance gradually, and by last September, I had started jogging a little bit, so that's when I started to prepare. There are some articles on Spark and elsewhere with titles like, "From Couch to 5K in 6 weeks". While these were helpful in spirit, I found that I am taking a lot longer to build up my own endurance to the point of jogging the whole 5K.
Jogging in a race is a lot different than jogging by yourself or jogging on a treadmill at the gym. There were a couple hundred of us lined up at starting time and everyone is anxious to get going. When the whistle blew, I immediately took up the pace of those around me and regretted it almost immediately. I wanted to stop after a quarter of a mile and if I had been by myself, I'm sure I would have. So I slowed way down and just focused on finishing that first mile jogging and tried not to pay attention to the fact that everyone was passing me and I was passing no one. Once I got to the first mile marker, I gladly started walking. At that point, there were others who also were taking a breather. I then walked and jogged the rest as I felt able. There were volunteers all along the course cheering people on. Even though I felt self-conscious of my pace, a couple of volunteers who were cheering pointed out that they couldn't do what I was doing ... and I reminded myself that just last year I couldn't either!
So I finished the race in 39 minutes ... just under a 13 min/mile. This put me at the tail end of the joggers but still ahead of the walkers!
I feel happy because I met my challenge. My DH is taking me out on Monday as he insists I need a 'real' pair of jogging sneakers. He insists it will make a HUGE difference (LOL! ). Regardless of the sneakers, this support means a lot to me.
My goal for Turkey Trot 2009: Jog the whole thing!