I love life's little synchronicities... I posted this morning that I was finally going to blog about my 5k experience - I had been waiting for my sister to send through the pics from the event, but hadn't received them yet because she couldn't find her camera cord. Well, she found it this afternoon and posted the pics to my Facebook at about 4pm (30 minutes before I'm off work). So here it goes - complete with pics!
Cassie and I signed up for the Cash Store Freedom Run for Diabetes about 6 weeks before the race. We are both completely new to running, but have sat back and 'wished' enough... It was time to take action, no more "someday I'd like to try running". We trained about 3-4 nights per week... As much as our schedules would accommodate. It felt great! I was a little anxious about the actual race date though - didn't know what to expect I guess which always creates a little anxiety for me. The race was on Sunday October 23rd at 10am and it was being hosted nearly 2hrs from home, so we packed in the car at 730am and off we went. Despite it being quite chilly and being a little stiff upon arrival I was as ready as I was going to be.
We checked in and got our numbers... and it was becoming so real - we're here, this is it! While we were chatting and keeping warm, my sister made a comment about her wanting to run with her husky pup, and then she turned and said "Well now that you're a runner, you could take him too!"... Well isn't that something?! Hmm... I AM A RUNNER! I was taken aback by the comment at first; I have been training to run, trying to run, wanting to be a runner... but I guess she's right - I am now a runner. It felt soooo good to come to that realization within me. I really do love running!
And then we did some group warm up exercises:
From here, we were given the general run down of the route - for those going 5k it was one full long lap and then a modified shorter second lap. The whole event was a little unorganized... as the race didn't start with an official start line and "GO!". Rather, we saw others start off and we joined in as quickly as possible. Luckily I was using my phone for music and made note of the time. We did usual run/walk intervals and although we were at the back of the pack for runners, we maintained good distance ahead of the walkers. All of our training was on a level track, and the race was actually on the sidewalks and street, and several times with small hills. There was also a length of sidewalk that was run during both laps that was 'under construction' - literally, the hospital was doing some construction which affected the sidewalk - it was broken and slanted. The markers indicating 2k/3k/4k weren't set to the actual distances so it was a little deceiving. And the one arrow marking the route wasn't clear so it ended up that we took a street parallel to the street we should have taken - same distance just off course. Running felt good though! I felt strong! And more than anything else, felt so proud to have followed through with this. I honestly used to watch other people run and say to myself that 'someday'. I never really considered running now/yet, while I'm still over-weight. But I did it!
Coming into the finish line!
There wasn't anyone keeping official time, so I was thankful to have checked the time at the beginning... I checked it when we came in and it had only been 40 minutes! Woot woot! I'm super impressed with that! This race was meant to serve as a starting point for us, something to gauge ourselves against at the next run - to be able to see the progress in time! I currently don't have another run scheduled - although I look forward to doing it - it's getting cold and wet here in Ontario, Canada - and winter will be upon us soon. I am going to continue running outside as long as I can, but I think once the snow is falling I'm going to need to suck it up and hit the treadmill - which I don't enjoy near as much. C'est la vie though - I'll do what I need to!!!
Thank you to everyone on here who inspires me - not just to run, but daily each of you play such an important role for me! And thanks also for the advice given during training and prior to the race. And thank you for your encouragement and support as the day approached. And thank you also for checking in on me this week! I'm sorry this blog took so long to post...