Friday, November 09, 2012
I decided to run my first 5k. After about 9 or 10 weeks of training I could finally run through a whole 5k without stopping. I kept telling myself that as long as I finish with a time better than I have been running , I would be satisfied. It was a small race of about 250 people. That morning it was chilly outside , but atleast it wasn't raining. I started to get nervous before the race. Everyone else seem so relaxed. I should be too, it wasn't like I was racing for money or anything. I was just racing against myself. They lined us all up. The officials were playing "Eye of the Tiger" when they started the race. Everyone started out fast....faster than I was used to doing. I started telling myself how stupid I was to do this because I wasn't ready or I would be up with the rest of the runners. After about 1/2 mile there was a good 10 people wearing out and I was passing them. It must have been their first race too, or they would have know not to start out that fast. All my training was on flat ground, and there was 2 small hills that wore me down and a really big one that I had to walk fast up. At the top of the hill I kept thinking, "Drop and roll." I ran the hole whole race except for the big hill, so that wasn't to bad. Except the lady at the water stand said there was 1/2 left and I was plum worn out! I slowed my run down. My ipod started playing "barracuda" by heart, and I could see the finishline. YEA....I was starting to run really fast thinking "Let's get this thing over with." I beat my record by almost 2 minutes!! I finished about 3/4 of the way down...but I wasn't last. I know I will never win a race because there is always them 18-20 minute runners that will never move up to a 10k or marathon because they simply want to win. That is ok though, I will just continue to race against myself.