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My First 5K - Palindrome Was The Coolest Part

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'm going to share a few thoughts, impressions, and a couple of pictures (stupid camera batteries died and so my hubby got no during race pictures - the after race pictures are from his aging cell phone) - I'll try not to be too long-winded, and I'll bullet them for ease of viewing

emoticonI don't know if it was because I was a newbie, or if this was just this event, but things didn't seem to clear to me/clearly marked - I imagine big events are maybe different - this one had about 250 people - the most unsettling thing I thought was that restroom availability was not clear - I guess from blogs I've read on here, I thought there would be some port-a-potties or something with long lines, or at the very least signs - luckily I didn't need to go

emoticonI got a lot of great pre-race advice from all of my SparkFriends - but by far the best was to go at my own pace and don't bolt with the rest - that kept me so sane - and focused on my own journey

emoticonI walked for the first 3-4 minutes and then ran intervals, based more on landmarks (like a fire hydrant or light pole or parked vehicle in the distance) - I probably ran 10-15 times, I didn't count though

emoticonduring the race, for most of the time, I felt like I was pretty much running alone, there weren't a lot of people around me - I either passed them, or they were far ahead of me - I'm starting to understand why runners seem to be in their own heads - the world kind of just disappears

emoticonmy husband stood with my kids a ways from the finish line - when I saw them, I started running and high-fived my daughter - she gave me the strength to keep running to the finish, even though it was the furthest I had ran the whole race - that felt really good

emoticonperhaps the most awesome thing for me was my official race time - since they were using chips, the results were posted rather quickly - and my race time was a palindrome - that goes to show you I am a geek at heart - I thought that was just the coolest thing - 42:24 - I also thought it was cool that my finish time was in the low 40s - my previous virtual 5ks have all been in the 50s - it made my miles under 14 minutes, which for me is amazing!

emoticonthe one song I had on my playlist that I had doubt over, proved to be worthy of the doubt and I passed it over - the pacing was too slow - I had created a playlist that would be long enough if I walked and it took me up to an hour - but since I skipped the Sheryl Crow song, I ended on The All-American Rejects song, Move Along - which along with my daughter gave me that final push at the end

emoticonmy husband told me after the race that he would like to train to do it next year - he said when he saw all of those people running, it inspired him, and he thought it was something he could do - that for some reason really made me smile - it's all about Sparking people :)

emoticonI earned my awesome time while fighting a cold and my female fun

emoticonearly in the race, I felt a catch in my left side, which I didn't feel through the rest of the race, but when I got home, I felt like I had pulled something on that side of my body - I think this may be from the aerobics last night - tomorrow I am going to take a rest day and give my body some time to recoup

emoticonpictures (both after the race, sorry for poor quality)



emoticonsome stats:

time - 42:24
5k ranking over all - 117/173
5k ranking in gender - 73/111
5k ranking in age (30-39) - 20/28
pace - 13:41

* a note on the age ranking, I'm pretty proud of that considering I am at the top end of that group, and most of those girls were in their early 30s

Thanks SparkBuddies and SparkPeople for inspiring me to do something I never thought I could do - there were a couple of times during this process that I was overcome with emotion almost to the point of tears, that had very little do with the race and everything to do with how I have viewed myself over the years

Now it is time to rest - enjoy the rest of your weekend Sparkies!
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  • no profile photo CD6427585
    Congratulations!!! The first one is now UNDER YOUR BELT!!! emoticon
    3183 days ago
  • HAKAPES
    I love your thoughts!
    Great achievement, you are fantastic!
    RUNNER GIRL!
    3183 days ago
  • MINERVASPARKING
    !!!!!! All good things!!! I'm sooo excited for you, AND totally excited about inspiring your hubby! WOW! You did amazing!
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    3183 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7673407
    Awesome job! Way to go!!
    3183 days ago
  • LESLIE_2B_LESS
    emoticon job! I really enjoyed reading about your race - fantastic! Cool also that your hubby is now interested! I love the after pics - cute!
    3183 days ago
  • 69NURSE
    emoticon emoticon emoticon on a job well done; and a great blog to boot. I have done several 5K's - mostly walk/runs and 2 half marathons so far and I was elated when my husband decided to race with me. We did his first 5K together and he did his 2nd 5K while I was doing my 2nd HM. It is so nice to have them there as participants too; just something more to really share. At any rate, I am really proud of your race results and hope you continue on this fabulous journey. emoticon emoticon Bev

    PS - not sure where you live, but there is a race in Pittsburgh PA in March called the JASR. Last year we had over 40 SP members from all over the country there and we are trying this year to get 100. Maybe you would want to consider it? Pass the information along to your friends too. Thanks
    3183 days ago
  • GERMANIRISHGIRL
    All I can say is... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ...so proud for you!


    Spark on!
    3184 days ago
  • AMARILYNH
    I loved every minute of reading your blog - congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • LISAINMS
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    This is a win!!
    3184 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10965611
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    Even if you weren't first to cross the finish, you are still a winner!

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    3184 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
    Great report! You did fabulous! And Sparked your dh, too. How fun that you'll be racing together sometime sooner than later...
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    3184 days ago
  • ONESTUBBORNTART
    That is so awesome!! I am so proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3184 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9543726
    Woohoo! It sounds like an awesome race and I'm so glad you got out there and got it done! Congrats! And congrats on sparking your husband for next year too!!
    3184 days ago
  • CJWALD
    I love your blog! Great job and a great time. Hopefully you have caught the 5k bug and will sign up for more, I know I did. I'm running my 5th 5k later today and I love it, never thought I would. Hopefully your husband will be inspired as well. My husband is coming to my race today for the first time, the others were on Saturdays when he was working. We'll see what he thinks.

    BTW, they usually do have port-a-potties or some facilities. Some of the 5k's I've done have been small, under a 100 and they had facilities.

    3184 days ago
  • BLOSSOM2344
    emoticon Fantastic!
    3184 days ago
  • BLH507
    You are amazing!! Only the beginning for you!
    3184 days ago
  • MICHSTATE
    Yay Katie!!!! Great job!!!!!!:-) I knew you could do it!!!!!
    3184 days ago
  • APIRLRAIN888
    Sooooooo awesome! So when is next one!? Lol
    3184 days ago
  • LAMBOFHISFLOCK
    ((((hugs)))) I loved reading your blog! Thank you for sharing that.. and what a GREAT TIME! I know that this will not be the last such post by you.. nor the last race for you and even your family. YAY! Proud to call you a PHOENIX! You are FLYIN HIGH!
    3184 days ago
  • APRIL_IN_MN
    emoticon You definitely have something to be proud of. I did my first "official" 5k race today, too!

    I like your bullet points. I, too, had gotten a lot of Sparkadvice to set my own pace. I did, and am so glad! My race was through woods on hiking trails, so it was really packed tightly at the beginning and just when it was thinning out and I could find my groove, I tripped over a root! GRRRRR! But other than that, I set my pace and was able to also give it my all over the finish line!

    I think I might've pulled a muscle when I fell--was pretty sore when I got home. Tomorrow I'm going to do some ST, giving my legs a break. :-) I hope your day of rest rejuvenates you and give your body that much-needed renewal!

    YAY for us!!!! emoticon We are both winners in my book!
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    3184 days ago
  • STEPH100
    I love your blog post!! Congrats on your 5k and your great stats! This is a fantastic achievement! I just walked my first 5k a few weekends ago. I was around 57 min and was just proud of myself for doing it. You're dedication and positive attitude are an inspiration!! I also appreciated all of your specifics in the blog post. I'm doing my next 5k on Nov 5 and am learning from other people's tips. Keep up the great work! Stephanie
    3184 days ago
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