Sunday, March 18, 2012
Yesterday I ran my first official race every - a 5K. I had signed myself up for the 5K and my kids up for the kids run. At the last minute, my husband, brother, and his girlfriend decided to run with us.
Prior to the event I was very nervous about being in the big group and that the whole concept of racing was odd and wondered how ackward I'd feel. When I got to the event, everyone there was racing and I felt that I fit right in. We all lined up on the street and I didn't feel ackward or clausterphobic at all. I made sure I had a spot on the side of the pack. When the horn sounded it took a little bit of time to pass the start line, but eventually all the people separated as their speeds all varied.
Overall, it was quite fun. My husband ran with us for the first mile, but then he had to drop off and walk. (He's only ran 2 days in his adult life!) I was very pround of him, he finished in about 34 minutes - very good for being 240 pounds. He was very festive - here is a photo of him taken from the backside in his outfit. (This was on the local newspaper's webiste. My mom and me are also in this photo.)
My kids ran the kids race after us. All kids under 12 ran together and my 7 year old was the 4th girl to finish! WOW! I didn't expect that. My 9 yr old son is sick and had to stop and catch his breath in the middle due to a coughing attack. But he finished - great considering he is over weight. Here is a photo of my daughter in her running gear.
So I finished the 5K in 30:15. According to my brother's girlfriends Garmin GPS running watch, we actually were under 30 minutes because how long it took us to get to the starting line after the horn sounded. (The race was not chip timed.)
Overall, this was a great experience. I am looking forward to doing more races in the future.