This whole week has been somewhat of a blur. Between work and getting my workouts in and then today: My FIRST ever 5K. I mean, whoa. That is actually pretty epic, if you ask me. Further more, I wish I could say I RAN the whole thing. But I know when I get to that point, it will be epic…times two.
And so, in order to get ready for this big bad race, I of course had to put my RACE FACE on:
And onto the race:
When I first started running, I felt good. I was going at an okay pace, keeping up with the crowd and then I rounded the first corner and for some reason I suddenly realized I would NOT be able to keep up this pace for 3.2 miles. It just wasn’t going to happen. So I halted and I walked for about a minute to catch my breath and get focus back. So, I continued to run for a few minutes, walk a few minutes and really before I knew it, I was rounding the half-way point and I smiled for the camera as I passed the announcer and waved and smiled for Erin as she took pictures (really for Jen, but I’m Jen’s friend, so I was cool enough for a picture!) Once I realized I was half-way through, I started having these pangs in my chest of wanting to cry. I guess I am not as black-hearted as I attempted to make my friends think.
There was one woman who would pass me, then she would walk. And I would be running and I’d pass her and it kept going back and forth. Towards the very end, we started walking together and I turned to her and said, “Okay, once we pass this bench, we are running and no more walking!” and we kept on. And I got to the end, and there were my friends cheering me on and I got that burst of energy back and sprinted to the finish line. I had to laugh as I hadn’t realized how fast I was going because once I passed a guy near the back felt the need to attempt to catch me. Very strange. In any case here are two pictures as I neared the finish line:
And sprinting to the finish line:
At the end of everything. I didn’t talk really for the five minutes. I just laughed and nodded and smiled and ate my apple. I don’t think I really knew what to say. I was pretty speechless. But it felt amazing. It really did.
And thanks to these fine ladies who told me to chill out all week and encouraged me the whole way. I definitely could NOT have done it without their support:
Okay, ya’ll, I did it.