Another 5K Attempt - When Will I Ever Reach My Goal?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Saturday was the Father's Day 5K. It all started Friday evening when I got to bed about 2 hours later than I hoped. I went out of town and I new I would be later getting to bed but I decided I would still be OK. Well, I might have been OK the next morning had it not been for the storm that rolled though about 2:00 in the morning. I heard the wind blowing which is what woke me up. I thought oh great, it is going to storm like crazy any time now and I am going to have to get up and take cover, which I really did not want to do. So I laid in bed and listen to the wind, and eventually the rain, then the electricity went out. Luckily, the electricity came right back on but it messed up my alarm clock. Also, as bad as the wind was it didn't last long and that was all there was to it. I decided I wasn't going to reset my alarm clock. I had the alarm on my phone set so I thought I could wake up with the phone alarm.

I finally went back to sleep. What seemed like only a few minutes later, my phone alarm was going off. I looked to see what time it was. I still had time to sleep. Each time it went off I would look to see what time it was and go back to sleep. The last time I remember looking at the time it was about 5:40 a.m. I wanted to be up by 6:00 so I could get ready, eat breakfast, and be at the race site by 7:00 when the registration and check-in started. Well, I went back to sleep. A little later I woke up because my radio was playing. I thought why and how is my radio playing, the electricity went off last night. I grabbed my phone to see what time it was and it was 6:30 - 6:40. I thought oh no, I have got to get out of bed. Somehow, the power outage did not knock my radio off. The alarm on my radio is set for 6:00 and the radio will come on and play for an hour and then shut off. Boy was I ever glad to hear the radio that morning. Otherwise, I might have missed the 5K.

So, I finally get up and get ready to head out the door. I ran through McDonald's drive through to get some breakfast then off to the race. Everything gets a little less exciting from this point on. Everything went well and the race finally begins on a very hot and humid morning. I started off at what I thought was a good pace. I felt great! Mile 1 seemed like an eternity before I got there. After that I started to slow down. Right after the turn around point is when I started walking :( - boo hoo. Unfortunately, it was walk, run the rest of the race.

Toward the end of the race I was frustrated, hot, exhausted, and just wanted to be done. However, I did not want to walk across the finish line. Just before I got to the finish line a friend came back to find me and finish with me. She told me I was doing great and looked really strong. She said she thought my time was around 35 minutes. I said no, I am almost at 38 minutes right now. She said that's OK, it is hot out here. I agreed. Anyway, she helped me pick up my pace and I sprinted to the end. Right before the finish line she gave me a push and cheered me on. I finished in 38:59, thanks to her help. This was a flat course race but there wasn't any shade anywhere, or even a breeze. Just the hot sun beating down on us.

Did I medal, no. I was almost the last runner to finish.
Did I run it all, no, but that is still my goal.
Did I get the time I wanted, no. But that just leaves room for improvement and to keep that as a goal for the next 5K (35 minutes or less).

Did I have fun and enjoy the morning, yes.
Did I have friends there to encourage me and support me, yes.
Did I get a new PR, yes.

All in all it was a great race and I can't complain or be disappointed about my accomplishment. I will reach my goal one day to be able to run (without walking) a 5K race and to be able to do it in 35 minutes or less. I don't know when I will reach my goal but I will.

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    Keep up the good work! You are doing great! [and thanks for the encouraging remarks on my blog!]
    3563 days ago
    Hey! You've done FANTASTICALLY well. My PB is 36 minutes but my last 5k time was 55 minutes!!!!!
    Oh, and we both have the same goal hun emoticon
    3567 days ago
  • SPOOKS100
    Way to go! I have similar goals and it does seem impossible at times but you just have to keep going and know that you WILL get there and probably sooner than you think! I "ran" my first 5K in 38:06 which was really faster than I thought I would but I know I could have done better. It's no use dwelling on what happened in the last race, look forward to the next one and know you are out there doing it and NOT sitting on the couch and that is a victory in itself! :)
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    3569 days ago
    I am so proud of you for even attempting!! That is one of my goals as well and I don't know when I will make it but I am going to try!
    3571 days ago
  • BRINI24
    I can somewhat relate to what you may still be feeling. I started the C25K and I am struggling with the pain in my legs and that it seems like it is not going to happen for me. I get winded after runnning 60 seconds, how will I ever run for 35 minutes? I just hold my head high, take in deep breaths and keep pushing through. It will happen for you, maybe not as fast as others, or even as fast as you would like, but it will!!!
    3572 days ago
  • KARVY09
    You ran the race and you PRed! You should be proud of yourself instead of sounding so glum! Give yourself credit for doing something that most people dare not dream of!
    3572 days ago
    I liked reading your blog. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for my own C25K journey, and I like learning from others.
    3572 days ago
    You did it! and you will continue to succeed! Be proud! emoticon emoticon
    3572 days ago
  • STARDUST_361
    Congratulations! You did your best and that's what counts.
    3572 days ago
    You got a PR! That is fantastic!!! Every little new milestone makes a difference in the long journey to our goals! Celebrate your accomplishment of pushing through and making it count!

    Way to go!
    3572 days ago
    I believe you WILL reach your goal, but for now, You Did It - You did Youe Best!!!
    I admire you for doing Your Best!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I am cheering for you! ~ Laura
    3572 days ago
    Focus on the positive:
    Did I have fun and enjoy the morning, yes.
    Did I have friends there to encourage me and support me, yes.
    Did I get a new PR, yes

    You are making progress...keep it up and you'll get there!
    3572 days ago
  • DEFIB64 crossed that line and that is all that matters. I completed my first ever 5K run a month ago, and I had to walk 5 times throughout but that was okay. I did not beat myself up over, just embraced that I was out doing it......
    I have done since, 5K runs without stopping until now...I am not sure what is up but I cannot get my breathing under control so I have cut my runs down....2K and 3K runs but I am sad that I am finding I need to walk about 30 secs twice to catch my breathing and get it somewhat under control...I am in the mindset that I am getting a cold and that is what is slowing me down, but nontheless, I am out there pounding the pavement.
    Keep it up and one day, you will breeze through without realizing!
    3572 days ago
    Awesome! You finished the race and you beat your goals! How exciting. I'm hoping to RUN an entire 5k this year too. We will get there!
    3572 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7414610
    Let me see... You competed in a race which many ppl still havent had the courage to do. You made it to the race before start even with not getting the sleep you wanted and a bad storm and alarm issues. You had friends there encouraging you. You were able to finish the race and you got a personal record. Sounds to me that although you didnt meet the goals you set for yourself.. you accomplished something big. Way To go!!!

    Each time you progress a bit more its a win!!! One of these days you will reach all the goals you have set... but for now rejoice in the things you did accomplish! You are doing awesome!!! emoticon
    3572 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4873544
    I know you are a little disappointed but to me what you did was incredible. You went out and you did it!!! I'm so impressed and I hope you realize just how incredible you are!!
    3572 days ago
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