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My First Attempt at a 5K Run

Monday, April 26, 2010

On Saturday, April 24, 2010 I attempted my first 5K run. Attempted being the key word here. I have been doing the C25K training program but I am still in week 5. I knew I was no where near ready to run a 5K but I thought why not at least try.

So I showed up early on a cool, rainy, 60 degree morning to get registered and get my number, shirt, and goodie bag. After I was registered I began warming up and getting ready for the race. Before I arrived that morning I did not know what the race route was. I found out and realized that part of the route was where I had been doing some of my 5K training runs, so I thought that won't be too bad. However, I did not know what the route was like beyond where I had been turning around. I found out later, during the race, that the route was mostly flat with a slight incline just before the turn around point.

Just before the race a friend spotted me and came up to say hi. She asked if I was running or walking and I told her I was attempting to run. She said she was walking but I didn't believe her. I told her to say hi when she went buzzing by me later. She told me she wouldn't go buzzing by me. I said yeah sure, we'll see about that.

Finally, the race begins and we are off. I settled into a pace and realized that there were 2-3 other women runners at the back of the pack with me. I thought this is good, maybe I can keep pace with them and figured they were my main competition for the race anyway. I knew I couldn't keep up with the "runners" or the rest of the pack so I was comfortable where I was. We all stayed fairly close together for several minutes. Eventually, I passed the one in front of me. However, it didn't last long because I had to stop and walk shortly after that and she passed me back. This began the back and forth race between about 3-4 of us for most of the rest of the race.

Before we got to the turn-around point my friend buzzed by me and said here I go buzzing by you and I said see I told you so. OK, she wasn't really buzzing by me but she was going faster than I was going and I couldn't keep up with her. I last track of her before long.

I finally made it to the turn-around point, 21 minutes after the race started. Yes you read that right, 21 minutes at the half way point. How pitiful! But as least I was trying. When I turned around to head back I noticed we had a nice little down hill descent. I didn't realize how much of a hill I had just come up until I turned around and saw where I just came from. I thought this would be a good chance to make up a little time. So I started off running down the hill and it was nice to just be able to coast down the hill without much effort. That didn't last long though until I was back on the flat again and working as hard as ever.

I continued on, alternating running and walking until the end. I kept trying to push myself and kept telling myself to keep going and not quit, the end was coming. I wanted to save some for the last push to the finish line but I didn't think I was going to have anything left by that time.

I kept looking for the finish line and then I finally saw it. I got really excited and thought I am almost there. I can do this! Also, up ahead I saw my friend that passed me several minutes before. I decided I was going to try to catch her. She was walking and walking rather slowly by that point. I thought that once I caught her I would have two options. One, run by her and see if she would try to catch me after I passed her, or two, catch her and challenge her to a race to the end. So, I decided on the latter but I knew I was going to have to work just to catch her because she was quite a ways ahead of me. I finally did catch her and I said hey, you need to kick it in gear. She looked over and said you're not going to beat me and took off running. I said well you better get going then or I will or at least I am going to give you a run for your money.

She took off just ahead of me and as hard as I tried I could not pass her. She finished just a step or two in front of me and we finished together to a crowd of clapping and cheering people. It made it all worth while.

So what happened to the others that were with me in the beginning. Well, one of them really picked up the pace after the turn-around and after I while I couldn't keep up with her anymore. Another one that I stayed with the whole race, even though she ran the whole thing and I didn't, finished just a little bit in front of me. The other lady finished somewhere behind me.

I have lots of room for improvement and my goal is to do better next time. My time, by my stop watch, was 42:30, just about 3-4 minutes faster than my walking pace. :(

All in all, it was a good day, challenging, exhausting, and even fun!

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  • TAKEMETOTHEBALL
    emoticon on your first 5k hun! I've run/walked 3 5k's so far and my time has always been between 43 and 45 minutes. Not the fastest I know but this is something I've always wanted to do and never thought I could/would.
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    3622 days ago
  • LABYRINTH
    Meant to let you know that this entry was nominated as a BunnyBLOG!

    I think you did awesome myself~!

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    3623 days ago
  • SARA_ANN12
    Attempted? You did great! It sounds like you had fun too, which is always always always a good thing! Keep on, keeping on, you're doing great!!!
    3624 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    AWESOME!!!! What a great feeling to get through the race. I have walked many 5K's and I am soo looking forward to running my first one. Keep up the great work!
    3624 days ago
  • GRACENFAITH
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    You have inspired me.
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    3624 days ago
  • USARUNNERGIRL
    You didn't ATTEMPT a 5k, you did a 5k. You just attempted the running bit. I think you did awesome and I am very proud of you. emoticon Speed will come in time and I think you did great.
    3624 days ago
  • STEPHANON
    Congratulations on finishing your first 5k! Isn't it a great feeling? Don't worry about your time or about whether you were able to run the whole thing. The important thing is that you were out there doing it instead of sitting on the couch wishing you were. And now that you have finished one, you have an official time that you can try to beat next time. You can make it a goal to better your time a little more with every race. Can't wait to read about your next one!
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    3624 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1101035
    Congrats I want to e able a 5k. I haven't even walk a 5k except o my WATP DVD's and those don't count to me. The main thing is you finished!!!!!I started the C2k5 program. I have yet to get thru Wk 1. I can only run 3 out of the 8 sets of running. Even though that is so crappy, I wasn't running at all before.

    Kudos to you! I see you running your next 5k in less than 30minutes! emoticon emoticon
    3626 days ago
  • CATEECHER
    I am so impressed!!! That is one of my goals, I really want to do a 5K. I have not kept up with my C25K training but I am going to!!! Don't sell yourself short at all, it is soooo awesome that you showed up and you did it and you finished!!! That is great!! emoticon
    3628 days ago
  • LIMASTAR
    Congrats on completing your first 5K. You did great!!! With your first 5K under your belt, you'll be more prepared for your next one.

    Keep training and improving.
    3628 days ago
  • BRDWYBABY78
    That's great! Finishing your first 5k feels amazing. I did that yesterday, and came in at 43:00!! You should be very proud! :)
    3628 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1276095
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    You finished your first race!
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    Great Job!!
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    You will keep improving if you keep running!! emoticon emoticon
    I can't wait for more race reports!!
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    3628 days ago
  • RWETHAIRYET
    You did great! You finished it! You didn't even finish it dead last! You knew you were't really prepared, yet you went out there, gave it your best shot and made it to the finish line.
    And now you have a baseline for figuring out your personal best.
    Way cool my friend!!!
    3628 days ago
  • SPARKPLUG53
    WOW don't be sad. You did it. It just gives you a base time to beat next time. Kudos for a great job.


    3628 days ago
  • INKMANSWIFE
    You did it!!! That's the major thing hey my 1st 5k I finished in 47minutes so you did better then me =)!!! emoticon emoticon
    3628 days ago
  • ALYFITN
    emoticon Good job!! 5ks are so fun. You burned a lot of calories, had great social time and FUN! Keep it up!
    3628 days ago
  • LABYRINTH
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    Hm I think you are a winner in my book! Wow! And I loved the positive energy that you have coming from this blog.

    Nominated as a BunnyBlog post.
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    3628 days ago
  • VISUALLYRICS
    You Did It!! That counts!! I am proud of you and look forward to hearing about your next 5K!
    3628 days ago
  • TERRIJWALL224
    I loved reading this blog! I am doing the C25K currently (week6!) and your blog is really inspiring to me.

    WAY TO GO!
    3628 days ago
  • ISHIIGIRL
    Congrats on finishing your first 5k! That's great. Next time you will do even better! Way to go!
    3628 days ago
  • REAGANSMOMMIE
    Great job!!!
    3628 days ago
  • no profile photo DAISYDAY25
    good job. You finished you didn't quit that is very important.
    3628 days ago
  • BURGHGIRL
    Hey....You did it right?!?!?! That is all that counts!!!! Kudos to you on your first 5k!!! You should be proud!!!!
    3628 days ago
  • THECHAPMAN5
    Wow so inspiring! I hope to run soon so as well!
    3628 days ago
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