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My First 5K

Saturday, May 11, 2013

So, as some of you may know, I started training to walk/jog a 5k back in March. Well, honestly, the training in March. The big day came last night. Hubby, a few coworkers and some other friends all ran the Rave Run.

Let me just start off saying, this seemed like the most disorganized race from packet pick up. We had to go to a Sports Authority store. There was zero signage about where to start, how it worked. They said to pick up other runners stuff you needed the registration number and t-shirt size. I went to pick up hubby's. They didn't ask for either of our IDs or registration numbers. I was told to fill out waivers, just sign for anyone else. Then they handed me a bag to pick up my goodies. I told a guy who I was registering, he wrote shirt sizes on the back of the bibs then sent me down the line. Hand waivers to the lady, pick up light up bracelet, and coupons. Then have the chance to buy extra glow things. Oh, t-shirts are back outside.

So I got all my goodies. Got home Thursday night. I tried on my t-shirt. Yeah. Not cool. Lets not tell anyone that the t-shirts are going to be mens or womens. Lets just give you a shirt based on your gender. Ok, except the ultra-fitted womens cut does NOT fit me. I got an XL. I could put it on my body, but it was not appropriate for public. Apparently this was an error and they didn't mean to have it happen with out notification, but that left a lot of females with child size shirts. Yay!

So, yesterday at 6pmish, I am still feeling excited about the run. It will be fun after all. Colored lights and glow stuff, in the dark at Valley Fair, it will be fun.

Some of us met up before hand and carpooled, which was brilliant since it took us over 30 minutes to get from the road outside into the parking lot. Getting out was even worse! We stood around for 2 hours before even getting in the car to leave. Trying to file 10000 people worth of cars out of one exit, still using the stop light...that didn't work so well.

At the venue they also didn't do a good job of signage. People stood in lines thinking they were for one thing, but they werent, and no one knew until they got the front of the lines to see the small, hand written sign on the table. Yeah, not cool. People that didn't pick up packets before hand stood in mega long lines. The venue opened at 6:30. We got there by 7:45. There were lines of hundreds of people to pick up packets. There was still a line when I got done! The run started at 9.

On to the exciting part. Hubby and I wanted to do this together. I told him on the way over there my goal was for him to push me to walk faster than I normally do. Just to push me a little bit. He did a great job of pushing me and cheering me on. He was supportive and encouraging and I did some jogging and walking. I jogged the first 1/4 mile. I have never made that distance in my training. I walked quickly, and pushed myself. I told myself I CAN do this. I got this! Hubby encouraged me. It was great. I ended up running the last 1/2 mile. The run did get cut to a 2.5 mile course "due to safety concerns."

So, what was my time. Well, I'm glad you asked. I had to time it myself, since they didn't do any timing (which was fine). I completed the 2.5 miles in 36 minutes. This was a 14 minute 40 second mile. This is faster than I have done a mile, EVER! Even in school when we had to run the mile, I was always over 15 minutes.

I did it. I walked and jogged a 2.5 mile fun run and it was fun. I still wont say that running is fun, but the run was fun. I won't likely run this one ever again, unless they do a LOT of fixing of their issues. But it was fun.

And another fun thing, yesterday when I was running errands I stopped at Kohls and got a new pair of jeans. A size smaller! I was so excited. I feel like I have been working so hard, and making some really good habits and the scale isn't showing me much love. But a smaller size jean sure does make a girl feel good.

Today I am going to make my grocery list and stock up on good, healthy things again for the week. We have gone through a lot of fruits and veggies this week. It has been great.
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    Although it sounds like the race was very disorganized, congrats on not letting that put you off! And congrats on the run!!
    1834 days ago
    Way to go, Sparksister! I'm so proud of you!
    1834 days ago
  • DARLY55
    Great run, and congrats on the jeans! emoticon
    1835 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Good for you. Congrats! I am running the color run in July at the State fair grounds and I hope they are more organized than yours was. That is too bad since Valley fair is such a big area and it would have been a great area if they had planned it better and I know what you mean about the traffic in that area. Great job on your time and running part of it. That is awesome and congrats on getting a smaller size in pants. Nothing feels better than that! emoticon emoticon
    I hope the wind had died down a little by the time you ran your race.
    1835 days ago
    WooHoo!!!! My first 5K was the color run last year. I'm sorry your experience left a lot to be desired, but you and husband did it together and it sounds like it was just fine at the end. Awesome about the new jean size!!! Congrats!
    1835 days ago
    Congratulations on your first 5K! Hoping that and that smaller size jeans will keep you motivated to keep it up!
    1836 days ago
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