First Timed 5k
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Well I did it! I completed my first timed 5k today. I completed a 5k a few years back but it wasn't timed and I walked with others so it wasn't the same. I was also probably about 20 pounds lighter with that one too. Today it was all about me. I walked with just me and my Ipod. I've been busy with school and life in general so I really hadn't been able to train so it was a challenge. I was really beat the first mile. I kept thinking that I had past a mile awhile ago and they must not have put out mile markers. HA! I got to the 1 mile and cussed in my head because I didn't know how I was going to get through the next 2.1 miles. The first mile took 26 minutes but it wasn't a real sense of what I could do because there were a lot people and people with all sized dogs and a lot of strollers so the first mile was very congested. Now I'm very competitive and even at 240 I want to beat the next guy. I've gained weight but that fighting spirit is still there so I was a littled peeved about 26 minutes.
So for the next mile I got a great stride, had some good tunes on Ipod and pushed to end of mile two. At the mile two marker I completed it in 14 minutes so that really got me going. So I pushed through and thought about all the people who I was walking in honor of today-those who struggle with mental health challenges and thoughts of suicide and those who lost their struggle. Every day is a challenge and a struggle and as I encourage those I know that suffer from mental challenges to press on I knew I needed to do the same and so I did! I got to the 3 mile marker in another 14 minutes. So I knew the end was near and that to keep my stride I needed to get around all these strollers in front of me! So, I started jogging, all 239.2 pounds of me that I was before I started the walk. I jogged for about a minute. I could feel the eyes of the judging skinny people with the strollers on me but I didn't care. Not only was I meeting my personal goal but I was jogging uphill so there! I slowed down and had to catch my breath a bit but I pushed on. One man and his wife even said something jokingly about me jogging after I finished but again, I didn't care. It was about me finishing!
In the end my official time was 1 hour 16 seconds. I was close to the finish line at 59 minutes but I made the decision not to jog it. There was no point and I'm OK with it. I just didn't want to finish last in my age group! I'll have to wait for the official scores. There were folks behind me but there were a lot that dropped out so even if I did finish last in my age group, I finished. I'm a little sore tonight and may have done a little something in the ankle regions but that just means I need to train for the next one. I've set a goal of completing five 5ks between now and mid-October so now that I have one under my belt with a time score and only one class for school this summer, I will have to start training for my next 5k in six weeks.