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My first 5K of this decade

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Yesterday after work, I ran a 5K!

What do you think of that!? I ran the entire way, which surprised me because I do not run. Almost never. There's a class I very occasionally take at the gym where they have us run around the perimeter of the group exercise room a couple of times. I will run in an airport if I think I'm going to miss a connection. But 3.1 miles in succession? Surprise, surprise!

My SparkFriend (never met her before, still haven't!) bowed out and so I was left to go it alone -- alone with 1622 others. All of these runners and friends together, and there I was, with no one to talk to. But once the race started those lonely feelings went away, since running is a singular experience.

My plan was to walk with said SparkNot-quiteFriend, but since she wasn't there, and there were a lot of fit people running past me, I decided to start running, too. Since I don't run, I wasn't sure how I'd react so I went very slowly. So I kept slow, and by mile 2 at 26 minutes, I realized I wasn't panting yet so I decided to speed it up for the last mile. I finished at 38:35 with a 12:25 pace, in 1468th place. Glad I'm not competitive!

When I got home, my BF said that it didn't look like I tried very hard, because I wasn't all sweaty and gross. He often teases me that I look like a "drowned rat" after my tougher classes at the gym (step and spin). LOL But seriously, he said that I must be in better shape than I realize for being able to run the entire thing. I hope so!

I am very proud of myself for doing this! I worry that running is bad for knees and joints and so I won't be doing it regularly, but it's nice to know that I can do it if I need to or want to. emoticon

PS -- I ran a 5K 10 years ago. My then-BF helped me to "train" and I ran and walked it in 45 minutes. I did better with 10 additional years on me! WooHoo!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CC3833 4/8/2013 10:21AM

    Awesome job! I am going to do one in Aug I will not do as well without training. Training starts today for me!

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ALEXISMSW 4/6/2013 10:00AM

    Way to go!!! You rock for so many reasons - doing it even though your SP friend didn't show, being motivated by the runners, running the whole way etc. etc! I bet you feel awesome and you should be so proud of yourself!

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    WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!! You GO, girl!!! Kelley, that is awesome. SO proud of you!!!

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