C25K Program Complete - First 5K Complete

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Today was the final day of my C25K program.

It was also my first 5K race.

I was nervous, but it helped that the race was being held on a course starting at my own gym, the Pennington Ewing Athletic Club, also known as PEAK.

I got there plenty early, and had preregistered online. They handed me my bag with a number of goodies inside. I got a nice long sleeved T-Shirt, a water bottle, a frizbee, a marker, and a pen.

I warmed up on the indoor track by doing about eight walking laps before the race.

I kept to the back of the pack at the start because I didn't want to get in the way of the serious runners at the beginning of the race since I knew I would be one of the last runners to cross the finish line.

I kept with my usual strategy of running 10 minute intervals followed by 1 minute walk intervals.

Near the end of the course some clueless volunteers forced me to circle through a parking lot that I didn't have to go through. As it turned out that was a part of the dog walk which was also taking place. The time I spent arguing with them over it and the time I spent circling the lot I am subtracting from the time on HRM. When I crossed the line the guy in charge asked if I had been directed through the parking lot. He told me that he estimates it added five minutes to may time. I am conservatively subtracting 4 minutes.

I figure my real time was 37:24 minutes/seconds

My HRM provided me with the following very interesting data:

41:24 minutes/seconds
399 calories
Max 178 BPM - 109% of max
Avg 154 BPM - 94% of max

I ended up exceeding my theoretical maximum heart rate by quite a bit during this race.

I was really proud of the fact that I did not feel the need to walk any more than one minute at a time on three occasions during the race, and those walks were all timed after 10 minute run intervals.

Towards the end of the race I really thought I was going to be the last person running. I didn't see anyone behind me for awhile. However, a few people actually came in after me. I had resigned myself to being last, and I was going to be good natured about it too. I will admit though, that it was nice not to have to be last.

I'm a runner now.

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    That's awesome! You ARE a runner, and you will only get better. emoticon
    3807 days ago
    Awesome blog! That makes me feel so good! You must be incredibly proud of yourself!
    3807 days ago
    Thanks to you, John.
    3807 days ago
    Congrats ! Im soo proud of you !!!

    You're free now! Go Terri Go !


    3807 days ago
    Thanks for the positive feedback about the "wall breaks". It is good to hear that from another runner. I originally decided to take them based on the advice of an experienced runner who discouraged me from following the C25K instructions to run a 20 minute interval during Week 5 I think. He told me that he never runs for more than 10 minutes at a time with a 1 minute walk after. His experience was that trying to run a 5K straight through actually hurt his time. And I am happy to hear you report good results with the breaks.
    3808 days ago
    Congrats. You did great! And don't worry about the walk breaks. If you check out any of Jeff Galloway's books, he actually says you do better taking them for a number of reasons. I ran my 2nd 5K all the way through and then took a running retreat with Jeff... my 3rd 5k was almost 2 minutes faster using walk breaks (I won a gold medal for my age category!), and my 4th 5K was another 1:20 faster than that...(3rd place, but in the top 35% of all runners). I'm 59 years old and only started exercising in August and running in Sept. So don't sweat the walking or think you are not a runner if you take them. They rest your legs so lactic acid doesnt build up and your muscles dont get so tired, and then you can go faster during your run periods.
    3808 days ago
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    Nice job, Terri. Congratulations on completing your first race! emoticon
    3809 days ago
    Not me. That's for sure.
    3809 days ago
    Congrat's TERRI.
    What a GREAT accomplishment. Who would have thought a year ago that you would be doing a 5K :)

    way to go.

    3809 days ago
    Great run! emoticon
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