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My first 5K - all the details!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

I got up at 7 yesterday morning and laid in bed for a while trying to relax my mind. The race was only 5 minutes away by car. I thought about walking over as my warmup, but I didn't know how tired I would be after the race, so I drove over instead. I wore capri workout pants, and a workout t-shirt. I also had a sweatshirt because it was really cold! I took off my sweatshirt before the race started because I knew I would be in the sun for most of the race. I walked around the parking lot and back and forth from my car to the starting line for 15 minutes. I had to figure out how to pin my number on my shirt! Before I knew it, the race started!

I knew I would finish, but I didn't know what place I would be in. When I first started, I didn't care if I was in last place or not. As most of the people rushed ahead in front of me, I just wanted to make it through the race. There was a woman in front of me that was jogging at a slower pace than what I am used to. I decided to stay behind her and slow down my pace also. I jogged for so long, and I thought to myself "hey, maybe I can jog the whole thing". Then I saw a big hill and knew I had to go up it. The lady in front of me started walking up the hill, so I did too. I am glad I did! My legs were killing me - then I remembered where I was racing!! In the state park that had even BIGGER hills than the one I just walked up! I passed the woman a few times, and she passed me a couple of times too. I saw a big downhill coming up and got in front of her. I gained a lot of ground in front of her with that hill. Even though I really didn't care if I was in last place, my mind shifted a bit and I got a little competitive. I saw another girl ahead of me that I didn't see for most of the 5K. She was walking too. I picked a good spot and passed her too.

While I was jogging, I had so many thoughts. I was wondering what made me decide to do this race! I kept thinking I was crazy. Then I would see a squirrel cross the path, and I smiled. I would see a pond, and think - where would I be if I wasn't here? What would I be doing if I wasn't jogging? Maybe I will get some music next time. I could of had some, but I wanted to do the race with just me. I wanted to see what I would be thinking - I definitely pushed myself harder than I thought I would! Part of me was wishing I had someone there to jog with, but then I may have been alone anyways if they passed me and ran ahead. So, I was ok with being with myself.

Throughout the rest of the race, I walked a lot less than I thought I would. Some force was pushing me. I randomly told myself I would jog from a point to another random point - like a certain tree or the start of a hill. I kept telling myself... "This will be over soon enough." I was right. It seemed like forever, but then I saw the end of the race. Some random walker who was just walking through the park was coming towards me. At that point I was walking & he said to me "you are almost there, pick up the pace! " He was right. I started jogging again. I saw the time clock and I just saw the first part that said 37. I pushed myself so hard because I didn't want the timer to change to 38 minutes. There were a lot of people clapping and cheering, and it made me smile!

Overall, I am glad I did it. My time was officially 37:37! I wanted to get under 50 minutes, and I definitely did! I got 25th place out of 28 people. I was so happy after I sprinted to the finish line. I walked around a bit right after and had a few tears. I think I was overwhelmed physically and mentally. I never thought I would ever do anything like that, but I did! My legs are super sore today, and my throat feels a bit sore too from breathing so hard. I have yoga tonight! But I don't mind. I know I will have sore days from now on with this new healthier lifestyle I have!

Basically, the race was great. I didn't even finish my 5K training yet! I knew I didn't have the right shoes, I probably would be in last place, and I was going to be so sore the next day... but I still did it. Even if I was in last place, I was ahead of all of the people that weren't there! I did the race for me!

Thank you to everyone again who has supported me. My Mom gave me a big hug after the race and was surprised at my time - I am still surprised! I see my name on the race results with my time, and I still don't believe it. I can't wait for my next 5K October 13th. Hopefully I do a bit better with my time, but if I don't I won't mind. I know every day is different for my body. I will get better in time with more practice!

I put some pics on the bottom -
me after the race smiling
and what I actually felt like after I got back to my car!! =)

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  • MCJULIEO
    Echoing all the good things that everybody else on here has said....

    "You SO ROCK!"

    Well done, my dear, you have inspired us all!
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  • MTNGRL
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    You Rock !! Awesome job !! I am so happy for you- what a fantastic description of your experience. I cannot begin to imagine how you felt when you finished. I had chills of excitement reading your blog. Hugs LIL Racer - you earned the Flag emoticon
    3179 days ago
  • FUSIONFITNESS3
    Fantabulous!!! Congratulations on your first 5 km. I did my first 5km run/walk this past summer and can relate to some of those thoughts that went through your mind. How exciting that you finished and in less than 38 minutes. Isn't it amazing what we reflect on while we are pushing our bodies. Keep at it. You'll rock the next 5 km.
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  • PEPPYPATTI
    Way to go girl! I so am proud of you! Woo Hoo! You did fantastic!
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    Great job!
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  • RUFFIT
    Good for you!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • ATTACKFATCAT
    You are my hero. Your first 5K, not even done training, and you still finished it with a fantastic time! Your next one will be even better and we are all so proud of you!
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    Comment edited on: 10/1/2012 2:10:31 PM
  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    Excellent!!!! You can not only say it was for first 5k, but that you set a PR (personal record)!

    I have the exact same thoughts as you while I'm out running. Why am I doing this....oh, yeah, I would miss all the beauty around me if I wasn't doing it!

    Way to go!!!
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  • HHB4181
    emoticon Great job, Congrats!!!
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  • VONBLACKBIRD
    Wow you did it you did it you did it and learned some things about yourself as well..Someone related a tale about the death march of soldiers in WW2...one who lived through it was asked how he managed the walk and he said he set small goals..he would see a tree and would set a goal of reaching that tree and then on and on until he made it to the camp..and that is exactly what you did..You set small goals to go a little more and a little more and you made it and in good time also...So proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • BRENDABUNNY
    Way to go emoticon emoticon
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    Way to go! You did awesome!!!
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  • KAI_ZEN
    You are FULLY AWESOME! You did so well! And what a great description of your race.
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    Comment edited on: 10/1/2012 11:08:31 AM
  • SIRENSONGS
    Congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful experience! I'm so happy for you!

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  • ALICIALYNNE
    HOLY CRAP! That is a really really good race time! Congrats!
    I've been in four races, and haven't gotten close to going that fast. WOW!
    Glad you seem to have enjoyed it.

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    Comment edited on: 10/1/2012 10:48:13 AM
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    Wow, congratulations! It seems to be the season for 5ks, and I love reading about everyone's experiences with them. I am thinking for singing up at one held by our local zoo. It's a benefit for the zoo called "The Great Zoo Stampede" or something like that. It's a total alien experience for me! But from what I read here from you, I think I should take a chance and give it a shot :)
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    Good job
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  • PUPPYWHISPERS
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    Great job! I love it that you already have your next race planned. You're going to do great!!
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