Friday night, I was a bundle of nervous energy. I worried about my broken/bruised toe, and if I should just walk the 5K. My shins holding up were also a big concern. I started doubting that I could even do this race. These doubts and worries really set in the next morning at 7am.
I tried to push those fears out of my mind as I got ready that morning. My boyfriend saw it all over my face, and he gave me a pep talk. I don't know if you've ever seen the movie "Remember the Titans", but it's my absolute favorite. He "pushed" my shoulder and said "strong side", so I replied "left side". It got me to giggle and release some of those nerves.
Anyways, my warm up was walking to the race because we were right down the street. I did a little stretching while the 12K runners started. My sweet boyfriend gave me some advice: "Go your pace. Don't worry about anyone else. You can do this! I know you can! I'm so proud of you already!"
Cocky and I!
My boyfriend, Cocky, and I.
Ready to do this!
Ok, maybe I was still a little nervous!
At 8:30 AM, the gun went off, and it was time to go. I found my stride quick, and I ended up finishing the first mile in less than 10 minutes. I kept running along until mile two where I walked for about a minute (due to a hill) then it was back to it. By the time I looked back up, I was at the finish line. The race flew right by me. Not only did I finish the race, but there were a LOT of firsts/good things:
1. I ran MOST of the race (except for 1 hill - the map mentioned only one hill, so by the third, I was tired).
2. I ran a little over two miles non stop. Say wha?!!
3. I ran the first mile in under 10 minutes.
4. No shin or toe pain!
5. I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K RACE - RUNNING!
So many emotions were felt that morning. In fact, everything seems like a dream. I still can't believe I did it. Me. The girl who doesn't run, and who weighed 174lbs at one point in her life. I've never had such drive before. Heck, I still can't believe I almost ran the entire thing. It's mind blowing.
The professional photographer didn't snap a photo of me crossing the finish line, so this will have to do.
Here's how I did:
- Chip time: 35:43 (NEW PR!)
- Gun time: 35:58
- Pace: 11:35 (Woo hoo!)
- 341st place out of 659 5K run/walkers.
- Division: 13th/24
- Sex: 173rd/416
I'm so proud of these results. I had an amazing first race. Now, on to sign up for another one!