1st 5K - sort of...

Saturday, May 09, 2009

I finally entered a 5K race. I've been wanting to for quite awhile and found one that wasn't too far away and didn't cost as much as a lot of them. ($15 instead of $20, and only $5 for kids under 18) Got signed up and turned up for the race this morning. Hadn't slept real well last night - had quite a T-storm pass thru, but it was over an hour before it was time to leave. Humid, but reasonably cool - great day for an outdoor run! Arrived, and the first thing I heard was - race was cancelled due to the T-storms. Hey - it was over and weather was great! But, no - it's - ok, not cancelled, but postponed until who knows just when... Talk about a bummer! On the positive side, there were some there who decided to run anyway. Ok, unofficial, but we went to the start line and took off all together. I ran it in 29:45. Didn't beat my goal of 30 min by much, and certainly didn't make the 28:00 I was wanting, but all things considered - not complaining. Hey - I did finish first in my age group! (and 2nd and 3rd...) Just a few more months and I can compete with the gal who finished first overall... she runs 5K's in 25 min! But then, she's been running for 7 years. I WAS told my form was good - nice to hear from someone who knows. I was also told I need to get a pair of real running shorts! Probably right about that. I just need to keep working on my speed and stamina so I can maintain my quicker pace for longer. Probably need to add a % incline to the treadmill as well. My neighborhood mile run doesn't have any hill - this one did a little. Not a huge hill, but noticeable. On the flip side, that meant there was also some downhill...
I do wish the organizers hadn't freaked about the weather. It's their 5th year doing it and the first time they've had rain or storms on Mother's Day weekend. I am glad there were several people who wanted to run anyway and that I got to run with them. From now on I will pack water in the car even if I expect to have some provided - that was an issue. Most of those who stayed to run hadn't brought anything either. Thankfully one lady did, and was very willing to share! Speaking of which, I need to go get another drink.
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  • SUNNY332
    Awesome emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are emoticon in my books. Keep up the good work.

    4386 days ago
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    It's always a disappointment after getting the nerves going & then find you got nothing to spend the energy on. But U guys went on & did it anyway- good 4 U! I have to admit that U must have got there 'after' the worse of it? Cause from 3 AM It looked like I needed an Ark & the hail & lightning was awful. Really did some weird things with the internet, cell comm. & Dish Network for about 4 hrs. A lot of Memphis & surrounding areas were flooded & without power. So U lucked out & maybe they'll reschedule & U get a do over! emoticon
    4386 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Fantastic job.You should be very proud of yourself.
    4386 days ago
    How Awesome!!!!
    I am proud of you for doing it and you didn't even have too!!!
    Great job!!
    4387 days ago
  • F8CONE8
    I am so proud of you! You went ahead and did it and that is the important thing and dah tah you met and exceeded your goal! Whoo that is awesome.
    4387 days ago
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