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The First 5K!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Well I did it!! Back when I joined Spark the end of February one of my goals was to run a 5K with my daughter, I thought then it would be the end of summer! Well that was before I discovered the C25K program! Zoom ahead to June 4th and I was at the starting line of my first official race. It wasn't exactly ideal conditions, it had just finished pouring rain and everything was damp and humid! I hadn't run much in the evenings either so I knew this would be different for me as well. My daughter & I went to the registration table and picked up the t-shirt, the chip for my shoe and the little pin they gave all the racers! We then went for a warm-up jog and got to use the bathrooms before they got too busy! I had an hour drive to get to the race so the bathrooms were a welcome sight! Before I knew it we were lining up with the other racers. Looking around it reminded me of a crazy quilt. the kind with all different size pieces put together to form a huge big quilt! The racers were all ages, shapes and abilities! Close to 200 I think. It was strange when the horn sounded and the race began I was one of the runners this time! I have always been a sideline cheerleader, yelling at everyone and offering encouragement to all! I know I started out too fast which I think must be one of the toughest things to control. I did settle toward the back of the pack as the race progressed! I'm not going to kid myself or anyone reading this, it seemed long getting to each of the mile markers but I just kept at it, trying to remember all the tips and advice I haven gotten over the last few months. I didn't wear my ipod, wanted to hear everything my first race. Maybe I should have taken it, the one section I was running through the woods with a creek on my right and not a soul in sight ahead of me. My music would have helped me then! As I came around the bend and out of the woods I could see a few others ahead of me, especially the one that passed me early on, was at the 2.5 mile mark at this point. The road straightened out then by the time and I could see the the clock for the 3 mile mark. Then as I looked up I saw my daughter standing just ahead, she had come out to meet me and run the last part with me, she had finished several minutes ahead of me! It gave me the push I needed and we crossed the finish line together with my son taking the picture of my very first race. I 'm getting a little teary eyed as I type this because I know this is what they must have meant when they say LIFE IS GOOD! Me a 49 year old mother with a great family and running a 5K who would of thought! My time was 44:10 something to definitely beat next time, now I just have to go sign up for that next race! Thank you everyone!
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    Thank you for sharing your experience, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Congratulations!
    4460 days ago
    Congratulations on running your first (of many, I'm sure) 5K!! I ran my first one a year ago on my 42nd birthday and it IS the greatest feeling. I had just started running the previous year. You should be incredibly proud of yourself, the majority couldn't do what you just did!
    Way to go!!
    4499 days ago
    I told you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is NO feeling like crossing the finish line and realizing how far you've come in your life! I'm so very proud of you. Have you found your next race yet???? I am running Saturday morning!
    4501 days ago
    YUP, add me to the list of teary-eyed, lump-in-the-throat readers!! I'm SO PROUD of you!!! And totally relate, except that my family was home in bed while I was running my first race a couple of weeks ago! I didn't take my iPod either, because I had heard that a lot of races were banning them, and I ended up wishing I'd had mine. Your race course sounds heavenly though - mine was just through the city streets. I would have LOVED to be running through woods next to a stream!

    Anyway, congrats!! I've already been searching out more, but mine will be in the fall, as it is too hot here for me now. Hope you find another one soon!
    4501 days ago
  • EB1273
    I loved reading your story. I was very emotional during my first 5K too. Keep running. :) I'm heading out today!
    4501 days ago
    Thanks for posting your first 5K experience. I'm running my first one on Saturday, and my family will be there to watch. (Not sure if thats a good thing or bad!)
    Cograts on the strong finish. Keep up the great work!

    4501 days ago
    You are an amazing woman! You brought tears to my eyes as well.

    4501 days ago
    What an awesome job Rose...I had tears in my eyes reading this and now again while writing to you....I can so feel your excitement and emotions.....

    What an can only go forward now girl. Your family must be so proud of you!!!!

    Keep up the great work Rose!!!!!! emoticon emoticon
    4501 days ago
    Congrats! It was so nice to read about your experience today before my run! Always an inspiration!
    4501 days ago
  • LYBBE1631
    I can feel your excitement from here! Thanks for posting such a wonderful account of your race. Running doesn't always have to be about speed, but about challenging yourself to do things you never dreamed of doing.
    4501 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/5/2008 7:25:20 AM
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