My FIRST 5K - Day 75

Saturday, March 17, 2012

WooHoo!!! I think I've caught the bug!

My dh woke up early with us and drove us the 30 minutes to the starting area. I was still a tad nervous, just for the newness of it all, but was very excited to just get out there and exercise! My goal was less than 54:00 minutes and NOT to be last. The fastest I have done a 5k on my treadmill was 53:38 but I know running on pavement is completely different than the cushioning of a treadmill.

The rain came down as we drove to the race town. It was freezing cold as well.
My daughters and I walked to the packet pickup area. I saw that the time chips were supposed to go on the shoe. Never having done this before I asked a group of the 10-milers. My girls were embarrassed that I'd approach complete strangers. Hey, I told them I was a newbie and had NO idea how this all worked. They were Awesome and willing to help!

My 12yo skinny minny was FREEZING! I had to keep her in the car most of the time until it started.

This is my 12yo, myself and my 13 yo. We had just pinned on our numbers and still had 30 minutes until the 5k started.

Never having experienced the "race"atmosphere we gathered at the starting line to watch how it was done with the 10-milers. Impressive group! With 15 minutes til our starting we hurried the the port-a-pottie lines and then rushed back to the start.

The held up signs for those who ran a 7mph/mile, 8, 9, and 10. Well, I for sure knew none of those times applied to me but there was no way I was going to the very back of the pack.

We lined up with the 10mph group and I stayed on the outside not to get in anyone's way. My 13 yo was going to run on her own and see how fast she could do it. I required my 12yo to stay with me. She wasn't too thrilled with that. I knew she wouldn't be as fast as her sister but she was probably faster than me.

The horn went off and so did I. What?! I actually jogged the beginning. The adrenaline was going and I was caught up in the emotion of it all. I've heard people warn about this so after jogging for a few minutes I told my dd we were going to walk, do a fast walk. We walked over the bridge but picked up a jog to come down it. I was very excited to see the 1mile mark and checked my cell phone app to see how fast I did it. 14:40 WooHoo, I was faster than I had planned.

As we approached the 1mile sign there were the faster 5k'ers coming back around (The two fastest were 14 and 13 and they did it in 19 something...CRAZY!)

As we saw more and more people passing us the opposite direction I knew we'd be seeing my other dd soon. I was so proud of her when we did, she was doing so great! She was on the opposite side of the road from us but I held up my arms and cheered her name and yelled! (Another embarrassing moment for my girls).

I guess I like to embarrass my kids because most of the volunteers I passed I said, "thanks so much for volunteering!" and I chatted several times with fellow racers. My 12yo said she's NEVER racing with me again! It's too embarrassing!

At one point I wished my legs would cooperate more. My lungs felt fine, like they could push it more, but my legs didn't have it in them. We jogged for about a minute several more times then I decided to not do more, I was going to save my energy to be able to jog across the finish line.

The rain that came down on us at the beginning part of the race started tapering off and finally quit with a bit of sun popping out. Beautiful! It was still cold and my legs felt it!

I called my dh on our final stretch to let him know we were coming in. He was standing there with our 13yo taking pictures/videos. Right before the finish line my 12yo took off and ended up finishing 6seconds ahead of me.

My time....

47:06 emoticon

I was/am THRILLED with my time! My age category was 40-44. I got 17th place out of 20. In 4 days I'll be 45, I think I should have put my age down as 45 then I would have been 12th in that age group.

What a wonderful event! They had water, oranges, bananas, cinammon rolls, pizza an cookies waiting at the end! I opted just for water and oranges to hold back the cravings and to stay on plan.

As we got in the car to come home my 13 yo (who got 35:15, 8th place out of 34 in her 11-14 yr old group) said, "So what race are we doing next month?"

I've been looking and have found a few but probably will wait until May. Don't know if my obese body and schedule can handle doing one a month.

emoticon I'm loving this Non-Scale Victory!


By the way...I did this weighing 282.6 (this morning's peek) And here is what I look like:
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  • PATTYS74
    Krista you look awesome and that is a great photos of you and your girls...great job on the 5k
    2461 days ago
    emoticon for completing your first 5K! What an awesome feeling. Can't wait to hear about your next one? Great pics, thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon
    2461 days ago

    And that's emoticon that your daughter wants to do another - sounds like more than one of you caught the 5k bug! It's just that contagious.

    2461 days ago
    emoticon Krista u look awesome!!
    2462 days ago
    I just had to come back by your page to see how your first 5K went, and am thrilled to read about how wonderful it was! I know your daughters were embarrassed, but you have so much to be proud of -- You had a great race and were friendly to boot!! I'm going to add you as a friend so I can cheer you on and follow your progress. I bet your next 5K will be even faster.
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    2462 days ago
    Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! Absolutely fantastic!!!

    I'm so, so happy for you! You did awesome! You killed your goal.

    You look wonderful! So healthy and fit. :)

    Keep it up - you have just inspired more than you will ever know. Thanks!!!
    2462 days ago
  • MACMOM57
    Good for you I think its awesome how hard you are working. Love you girls too. They will get better about being with and not mind so much when they get older. Good luck on the next 5k.
    2462 days ago
  • MOM23ES
    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a super big accomplishment!!
    2462 days ago
    you did a great job telling your story - it was like being with you! So glad you had a great time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2462 days ago
    I love the race blog! Great job!!!

    You do not look your weight at all! I also would guess you weigh much less.

    Races are so much fun. Too bad we don't live near each other we could go together.

    2462 days ago
  • MISSG180
    You look great! I would have guessed your weight to be at least 50 pounds less!
    2462 days ago
  • KOBER9999
    Wow! You rock! Your first 5K! Awesome! One down, I hope more to go! You now know - YOU CAN DO IT!
    What an inspiring blog! Thank you for sharing!
    Love the pics too!
    2463 days ago
  • JMRUDY24
    Congrats Krista!! Wow, inspiring!! emoticon
    I have just started to increase my walking to about 2.5 miles.
    The biggest challenge is pain in my feet which I hope will get better as I release more weight.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Continued blessings on your journey!

    2463 days ago
    Great blog! Fabulous that you did this!!! And you have definitely inspired me to give it a try! Woo hoo!!!
    2463 days ago
    fantastic! I am a similar weight and thought I would wait until I was closer to 200 to do a 5K...You're an inspiration to me!

    Not to mention you don't even look CLOSE to 282lbs! You look like you're 235 AT MOST! You must have some serious muscle! :-)
    2463 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Congratulations, your first 5K the first of many I am sure. I truly enjoyed your blog, ah, teenagers gotta love em how we embarrassed them. You are to be very proud of your family and YOU. Again Congrats, you are a 5K er !!!!! emoticon
    2463 days ago
    Greta Job!!!! Woo HOO!!! Let me know when and where for the one in May.
    2463 days ago
    Running is not easy with my arthritic ankle. Maybe if we've not met before then I'll come and cheer for you next time. I'm so impressed with you progress. Keep moving forward my awesome friend.
    2463 days ago
    Great job! You rocked it!
    2463 days ago
    Way to go Krista! I'm very proud of you! emoticon
    2463 days ago
    What a wonderful story! You did great! Your daughters may have acted embarrassed, but I bet they really were not for long, and will always remember getting to race with their mom. That's so great!

    As for when you legs were getting tired but your lungs were not, I've read that it's normal. When you begin running your lungs/cardiovascular system will improve itself at a much faster rate than your muscles and bones will.

    2463 days ago
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