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:
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.