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!! =)