Race with Advocare! My first 5K!!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
November 20th I made the sudden decision to quit smoking. I had smoked for 23 years and had never really wanted to quit but for some reason I went to my mom and asked her to buy me the patch. When my dad went to the store I sat outside and smoked my last cigarette. Two weeks later on December 6 I started the C25K program. I had never had a desire to run or really do any exercising. It was strange like I had been snatched by some aliens or something. But as I walked out of the house for my first warm up walk I instantly felt at peace. 20 minutes later as I did my first cool down walk home I had fallen in love with running.
Here we are 3 months later and I haven't looked back and haven't thought about starting smoking again. 3 months later I had trouble sleeping from the nervousnesses I felt about my first 5K this morning. I had a dream that I couldn't find the race. I had been out there before but you know how dreams were I looked and looked but couldn't find it. In my dream I had to come home and tell my family that I had failed and couldn't even run the race. In reality I woke up this morning ate my oatmeal, got ready and left. The race started at 8 am but I wanted to be there a little early just to make sure I wasn't late. I left at 7:20 to get to the park that is about a 10 minute drive from my house. Hmm well maybe 15. I missed my turn...here was a dream coming true I had missed the turn. I didn't even see it. Oh well so I turned around and found the county road and headed down to the park. As I turned in it seemed closed like there was no one there and I thought for a second maybe they had cancelled it because it was misting and foggy. All of my dread and anxiety was for nothing of course they were there and there were quite a few people. Nothing like I'd seen with the big city marathons on TV but a good number of people (I think the site said there were 70 finishers). It was nice for a first race; not too many people but not so few that you feel all eyes on you.
I was kind of feeling a little shy and worried that I was going to do something wrong or break a rule or something. I had asked beforehand if I could use my headphones and was told yes but then the FAQ on the race site said no but I brought them anyway just in case. I wasn't the only one. I walked around in circles for a bit while the announcer talked and got all warmed up. That was good since there weren't enough people to make it take a while to cross the starting line. I was all ready to go and by the time I officially started I felt good.
As the crowd thinned out and the slower people were passed and the faster racers took off I found my pace. I picked a runner in front of me and just ran like I always do. I had been worried that I would run too fast if people passed me or were close but I just focused on my run and really got to the zone quickly. I've never been able to do that before. I never felt that difficulty getting warmed up or the tired legs before I hit the first mile. I just ran. I had already given myself permission to walk if I needed to but only when I really needed to. We started out on street which I'm used to and went a ways until we ended up on the gravel road. I had told myself when I got there I could walk but I didn't. When I left the street for the gravel I thought well surely you can make it to the lake. Then it was well just make it past the lake and then you can walk. I don't know for sure but I think I went 2 miles before I took a walk break. I just kept going I was so amazed. When I did walk it was maybe for a minute before I started up again. I had been afraid that if I stopped to walk I'd never start up again but I did until we hit the last hill which is maybe the last half a mile before the finish. I walked for maybe another minute and then ran the rest of the way. I had wanted to run the whole thing but honestly I'm very proud of myself and think that the little I walked was okay and that I did my best. I've never gone that far and I've never run that long and the weird thing is that it seemed so easy.
Well the final results I finished at 36.18 which is a personal record for any of my training or running and of is my only record for a real race. I had wanted to make it in less that 40 minutes and I did that. Out of 43 women I was 17 which is pretty good. I'm nowhere near the top but I'm also nowhere near the bottom. Overall I was 37th place. I just can't be more proud honestly even if I didn't run the whole thing. The only sad part was that my family was not there to see me finish. I had told them that it wouldn't take more that 40 minutes and to be there at like 8:30 but they were late and so no to take a photo as I crossed the finish line. Little sad but really couldn't take away my pride and happiness. They did get a couple of pictures which can be seen on my photo wall so I'm happy overall.
Oh two more things. One after the race an old man (he was 85) came up and congratulated me on the race. I thanked him figuring he was being nice since I was alone but then he told me how he hard he tried the entire race to catch up with me. My time was 36.18 and his was 37.17. I felt good that I was his motivation or like my sister said I was his rabbit. To me he is an inspiration and so it made me feel really great to be his motivation. The second thing is that they held a raffle after the race to give everyone a chance at prizes. Of the top finishers and masters were awarded prizes and they gave all the children in the kids race a prize but for the rest of us it was down to a raffle. I won!! I have never won a prize that I can remember ever. And not only did I not get the puny prize of a free pizza but I got one of the more coveted prizes. I won 6 weeks of bootcamp at our local YMCA for free. Free bootcamp!! I'm so excited. Its two hour long sessions per week of intense circuit training. I'm not sure I can survive it but I'm sure as heck gonna try! I can't wait to find my next race and to run again regularly and see if I can do even better next time!