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My First 5k Race... FINALLY!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

In December 2009, I wrote a list of 30 goals to accomplish by the time I turn 30 years old (my 30x30 list, which I refer to often). Feeling ambitious, I included "Enter a 5k race and RUN it" as one of the goals on my list. At that point, I had never run 3 miles in my entire life! I was probably about 220 pounds, and I literally could not even run 1/10th of a mile. I was in the "honeymoon phase" of weight loss, and felt very ambitious as I included it on the list, but I really did not believe it was possible.

In January 2010, my friend Renee (a hardcore runner) gave me a birthday gift. Included with the gift was this card and coupon:

Isn't she a great friend?! I registered for that 5k and planned on working my way up to running 3.1 miles by October. In March, I decided to start training. I ran as far as I could, and it was not even 1/10th of a mile. It was discouraging, but I tried again a couple of days later. I went a little farther than last time. Each time after that, I tried to add a little more time to my runs.

In April, I ran my first 5k distance... and my pace was well over a 13 minute/mile. After that, I began running 5k three times per week, and worked on going a little faster each time. By the end of May, I was at a 10:42 pace. On July 2nd, I ran 5k in under 30 minutes, which was a HUGE goal for me! (a 9:25 pace). I STILL did not actually do a 5k race, because I was holding out for the one in October with Renee.

In the meantime, I began running longer distances as well. I did a couple of shorter runs and one long run per week. On August 11, I ran 15k (9.3 miles)!! It just blows my mind that I went from literally not running at ALL to running 15k in just 5 months.

I started adding in a couple of speed workouts here and there. On September 15, I did a "practice" 5k--basically just a 5k run, but I ran it as if I was racing, just to see what my time was. I finished in 26:41 (8:37/mi)!! I was SHOCKED. So I set a goal of finishing my October 5k race in under 26 minutes.

This morning (race day) I woke up at 4 AM. I had to be at Renee's house at 5:30 to head up to Detroit. Renee's husband drove, and our friend Jessica came along too. When we got there, we watched the marathoners start their race, which was exciting. After that, we went to our start line.

When the race started, it took us a few minutes to get to the starting line. It was REALLY congested with people--there were 2300 running the 5k. I spent the first half mile to mile dodging people and trying to get up to my faster pace. I really felt like I was going too slow. After about a mile, it cleared a little, so I was able to go faster. I screwed up when setting up my Garmin Forerunner, so I had no clue how I was doing. Renee stayed with me the whole time, even though her pace is normally much faster than mine. She wanted to finish with me, which I thought was awesome of her.

At one point, I tried to take a picture while I was running. The Detroit skyline actually looked pretty cool, but my picture was (obviously) very blurry:

I'm used to doing 5-7 mile runs, so the 3 miles went by really fast. My legs felt like rubber at the end, though, because I'm not used to doing that fast of a pace. We crossed the finish line and I had no idea what my finish time was.

We went and watched some of the marathoners and half-marathoners run, and we took a couple of pictures of ourselves.

On the way home, we looked up our results online. My results:

Finish time: 27:16 (8:46/mi)
I placed: 246 overall; 74th out of the females; 7th in my age group of 25-29.

All-in-all, I did pretty well. I was hoping for under 26, but I think that the congestion in the beginning of the race really slowed me down. I think it's a great time for a first 5k race, though!

A picture of Renee and I:

Renee, Jessica, and I under the starting line:

My running paraphernalia:

I thought it was hilarious that the D-TAG (for my shoe) said "ROUND IS GOOD" in caps. I spent the last 14 months trying NOT to be round :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GETNHEALTHY45 2/20/2011 1:36PM

    This reminds me of my first (and only) 5K race - which was just a week ago, so the memory is fresh. I jog/walked it, but I did it! Someday I will be just like you, 100 pounds less than my starting weight, running a whole 5K, and slim and trim. Thanks for the inspiration!

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BUTTERFLY_MT 2/4/2011 3:47PM

    Oh thank you, thank you!! lol I just did my first 5k (walking, just a bit of jogging downhill). I set up this year a few races to act as "check points" for my progress, as it was a way to get much needed motivation for myself. And I think it'd be a blast to be able to be physically able (not sure about financially able) to do the Disney Princess Half-Marathon next Feb. At least now I know I'm not quite completely crazy in thinking I can learn to run by

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REFOCUS92711 2/2/2011 10:11AM

    I can't wait to run my first one. I am about to start C25K, as soon as the snow is melted :) You are such an inspiration!

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-FEMALE- 11/24/2010 7:42PM

    WOOHOO!! WTG!! Super proud of you!! I will be doing my first 5K in 2011, so excited!! (Even though I haven't ran in years - need to get back into it) In my young years I was a runner fanatic, so hopefully I can bring that back!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/27/2010 11:44PM

    Sounds like fun. Good for you!

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JFO0357 10/27/2010 5:11AM

    What a wonderful post! U look amazing! Very motivating :)

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MICHELEBOISE 10/27/2010 3:28AM

    Woah. You are incredible! You have made some huge strides to become a good runner!!

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EMP1979 10/26/2010 2:55PM

    Way to go! Congrats.

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_DASH_ 10/26/2010 7:55AM

    congrats!!! and under 30 min for a first 5k! holy sh!t. that IS fast!

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JULIEBEANNN 10/25/2010 9:38PM

    wow! you totally just inspired me!! i'm running at a 13 min/mile pace right now and at times i feel like i'll never break a 10 min/mile! seeing the progress you've made, makes me want to work harder! THANK YOU!!
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BRILIND 10/25/2010 2:50PM

  You have accomplished so much!

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MARLIMOO 10/25/2010 10:14AM

    Nice work- first 5k and WAY under 9 min mile pace, under 30 minutes. YIP YIP! Most 5k's do not have chip timing. I am sure you probably were either under 27 or MAYBE- under26????? WOWSERS!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/24/2010 10:51PM

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/23/2010 8:51AM

    sorry i am late seeing this but baby has been in hospital so i have been missing in action so to speak.but what can i say but wow.WOW;WOW:way to go love.that is such a great achievement. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU DID IT:

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GOGOMAMA 10/22/2010 10:50PM

    Wow! Great accomplishment! You make me feel like I can do it! I'm just starting out and am trying to build my endurance! I'm so happy for you!

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KERPER79 10/22/2010 3:50PM

    You are too cute. Awesome job & congrats!!

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JENN26POINT2 10/22/2010 3:41PM

    I've got one of those tags too!! haha I was just going to ask if the event was chipped or not, but seeing that, obviously it was... I hate getting stuck behind a crowd and I am soooo jealous of your amazing run times! I've been running since July and I'm still doing 11-12 minute miles... But, once my 10 miler is done, my running coach is going to train me to go faster for my half marathon in February. I would LOVE to do sub-10 minute miles again.

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JORDANADDO 10/22/2010 2:33PM

    emoticon That is soo good, you must be proud, you have come a long way. Very inspirational. emoticon

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MASCHMID121 10/22/2010 1:11PM

    Congratulations! That's a great time too! I wish I had run my first 5K timed. My next running goal is to run a sub-30 5K.


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KSCARTY 10/21/2010 9:01PM

    Your journey and accomplishments are inspiring. I've started interval training and its hard...but I'm starting to crave those few minutes of running and walking. I'm hoping to follow in your footsteps and get a 5K in my checked column! Thanks for sharing!

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SHELLEY81 10/21/2010 8:00PM

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TRACI175 10/21/2010 5:15PM

    That is really such an inspirational story! I am super impressed that you started training in march and were able to run a 5K by April. That is really great. You set a goal and exceeded it. Good for you!

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GBLISH 10/21/2010 2:51PM

  That is sooo awesome !! your story is very inspirational !!!

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SASSYPANTS119 10/21/2010 2:25PM

    Very very cool!

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KROOT301 10/21/2010 1:47PM

  Awesome! I am just starting out and find it hard, hard, hard to run for very long :-( I sure as heck hope to get to where you are someday!!! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/21/2010 1:07PM

    WOW, that is awesome and what a great time!!!!!! 7th in your age group is just amazing!!!!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 10/21/2010 12:40PM

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NINNY165 10/21/2010 11:59AM

    My hats are off to you. Way to set a goal and not only achieve it, but surpass it. emoticon

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LOOK4THEGIRAFFE 10/21/2010 11:22AM

    Congrats! thats awesome! I hope to run a 5k sometime too!

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SAPPHIRE983 10/21/2010 10:07AM

    Congrats for running your first 5K! You had an awesome time!

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FRUITNVEGGIEGRL 10/21/2010 10:05AM

    Hey I just found your blog by searching the popular blogs list. That's fantastic that you went from not running to running soo well, and in such a short time! A co-worker of mine ran that race as well, and it was also her first 5K. She invited me to join waaaay back in the early part of summer, but I figured there was no way I could ever do something like that. But you both have given me hope!! Thanks for the blog, it was definitely inspirational!!

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OBURRELL 10/21/2010 9:38AM

    You have just inspired me and reminded me that I had a goal to run a 5k this year. I am going to sign up for the Thanksgiving Turkey 5k run and I am asking my best friend to run with me since we both have been on this weight loss goal together. Thanks and good luck to all of us!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/21/2010 3:42AM

    Very impressive! All that weight loss and in a race! Thank-you for sharing! Connie
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CSULL764541 10/21/2010 12:30AM

  I'm soooo impressed! What tenacity..

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JULIE2719 10/20/2010 10:27PM

    Fantastic job! You are an inspiration to be sure. I ran a 5K this fall but it took me 37 minutes - but my goal was to be under 40 and I did it so my next goal will be to get under 35. I really enjoy your page and blogs - thank you for sharing!

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SDPARTON 10/20/2010 9:57PM

    emoticon I so admire you! I am doing my first 5K on the 30th of October, for Susan Komen Breast Cancer! I can't wait! Your blog has motivated me emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 10/20/2010 9:08PM

    Great blog and great job moving down your goal list! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/20/2010 7:52PM

    Congrats!!! That's awesome!! You're so inspirational! :D

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CHANGINGMORGAN 10/20/2010 7:27PM

    This gave me the best idea for a present for a friend of mine for Christmas!!! So thank you!!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/20/2010 7:13PM

    Thanks for the inspiration! I have been stuck on week 9 of the C 25K plan for a few weeks, your story makes me believe I can do this! Great job on the 5K time, You ROCK!

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TAMNTN 10/20/2010 4:24PM

    Awesome accomplishment! Great job...keep it up! :)

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TJSCHOENLE 10/20/2010 2:42PM

    That is so awesome! You are very inspirational. Congratulations on the 5K. emoticon

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LOSE2WIN10 10/20/2010 1:22PM

    That's awesome! I'm running my first 5k next week...Although I probalby wont be finishing nearly as quickly as you! great!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 10/20/2010 12:28PM

    Great Job!!!!

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SHARI8 10/20/2010 11:46AM

    That is an amazing and inspirational story. Congratulations!!! You have done an amazing job and should be very proud of your commitment and dedication. Best wishes for all future 5k's and beyond!

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JENNIEGRAHAM 10/20/2010 11:06AM

  This was a wonderful story. Thanks for the inspiration! Congrats on your success!!

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LINDATHOME 10/20/2010 10:18AM

    that was a FANTASTIC time! I would die a happy woman if my 5K time was ever that fast. My 5K Maniac friends and I have done a total of 24 5K's this year, one of us (not me) did a 10K 10/10/10, and I did my first Half Marathon 10/16/10 - and loved it. We've got several more 5K's before the end of the year, and an 8K coming up in a couple of weeks .. it's such an addiction isn't it? (My timing chip for the Half said 'Time to Make History' - so appropriate).

Good for you ... go get more of those medals!

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KARENE10 10/20/2010 10:03AM

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