Monday, March 19, 2012
Well, I can now say I did it. A year ago I was afraid to even START C25K to train to do a 5k. Well, never did an official 5k but yesterday I completed my first race and it was 5 MILES! My school nurse (who told me about SP) is very athletic and always biking or running..so she asked me if I wanted to do this race for Child Abuse. I signed up not even realizing it was 5 MILES.
I only trained once this week, running 2.5 miles. The rest of the week I told myself it was too "cold" and windy (which it was, I am just a baby when it comes down to it.)
I was so nervous yesterday morning. We lined up closer to the back, since it was my first time and I had NO IDEA how this was going to play out. It was mostly flat and on the shore which was peaceful and very scenic. However, the day before I noticed this girl from high school was doing it. Turns out she was right in front of me the WHOLE TIME. My goal was to beat her. So I hauled @%# at the end and sure enough beat her by 5 people. For my first race EVER I did pretty well. My first mile there was a guy with a stop watch telling everyone their times. I ran the first mile in 10:30. Not bad. I knew I could do this. I didn't stop once. They had boy scouts handing out water but that was just going to cramp me up. I came in #436 out of 582 runners. (39 out of 60 in my age group) and averaged 10:01 min miles. I am sooo proud. By the way, does anyone know what "Gun Time" and "Net Time" are? They are only about a second off, but I didn't know which was my actual time.
Anyhow, the point of the story is, if you want it bad enough you will find a way to get it. I worked my butt off for a year straight and "trained" myself to run to get where I am now. Never in a million years would I think I'd be able to run 5 miles nonstop. Hell, I couldn't even run a mile in the high school physical fitness test.
Don't give up. You will get there one day. And you're going to feel like a million bucks :P