Saturday, March 28, 2009
That was amazing! My first ever 5K race and I killed it. I started near the front of the pack, quickly passing others, leaving my husband in my dust (or spray, since it was wet out).
It was like all the stars had aligned just for me. My power songs just kept coming one after another on my iPod. I couldn't stop smiling as I continued to pass other racers. Then Rob Thomas's "How Far We've Come" came on and I think a little tear came to my eye. When I joined SparkPeople January 1st I would have never imagined I could be walking in a 5K race and there I was RUNNING. Thank you SparkPeople and ALL my Sparked friends for your support and help. Look how far I've come!
As I rounded the last corner and the finish line came into view I saw the clock, I thought I was hallucinating! I crossed the finish line at 26:17!!! I've taken the liberty of doing the math for you, that's an 8 minute 44 second mile. I was just hoping to squeak in under the 30 minute mark, talk about achieving a goal.
For those of you who read my other blogs and are curious as to where my husband came in, 30:51. Once again I'll do the math for you, I finished 4 minutes and 34 seconds ahead of him. WooHoo!!! I wanted to beat him and thought I would but not by nearly 5 minutes. I had almost recovered by the time he came in.
With the exception of the birth of my two boys, I don't think I've ever been more proud of myself. I didn't think I could do it with the hip pain and shin splints, but on that course I felt no pain. This might sound a little childish, but my favorite part was passing the men! I kept thinking, "Haha, you just got passed by a girl!" I got a little smile every time!
So here I go into the race season excited to see what I can achieve.