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Hell froze over; I ran my first road race :)

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 she asked me if I wanted to do this race for Child Abuse. I signed up not even realizing it was 5 MILES.

Fast forward.

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
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    I hate running but I love to see someone else accomplish a race! someday I might not hate it so much...
    1681 days ago
    Congratulations!! It seems that other people have already answered your question, so I won't - I think what FITFOODIE806 said is the right answer.
    1681 days ago
    Congrats!!! That is super awesome, especially for a first race. I bet it felt awesome to pass the girl from high school :)

    gun time is when the race starts. I usually hear "chip time" not "net time", but my guess is they are the same. And that's when you officially start. I raced this weekend and my 2 times were 34 seconds off. I definitely go by chip time! hope that helps.
    1681 days ago
    I am so proud of you! 5 miles is a long way, further than a lot of Sparkers could walk so hold your head high and you have earned bragging rights!
    What's next, a half marathon?
    1681 days ago
    I think the "gun time" is the time from when the start gun goes off and you cross the finish line.

    If you're pretty far back from the starting line your "race time" and "gun time" will be pretty different. The race I ran last Saturday my race and gun time were about a minute off

    hope this helps emoticon

    and congrats on your race!
    1681 days ago
    Ditto to all above, I never thought I could run, but I'm doing the rookie 5K training now for a charity race in May (Domestic Violence Awareness). That's fantastic!
    1681 days ago
    AWESOME!!!! I am so happy for you. What a great accomplishment!
    1681 days ago
    Congratulations. What an accomplishment:)

    Started the C25K program recently and am excited that I am doing 2 minutes at a time. I cannot imagine running for any longer that that. LOL I think I'll probably cry when I actually am able to finish a race.

    You should be SO proud of yourself. You go girl! Inspires us newbies:)


    1681 days ago
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