This week I met a personal goal of mine. I ran my first, official 5K. I went home for Thanksgiving and I happened to be there when my college held its 5K. I never did it when I lived there. I was never confident enough in my running to sign up. I decided this would be a perfect first 5K. It’s fairly small and benefits a place I love. My dad decided to do it with me also. He ran with me the entire time even though he could have run faster.
I wasn’t fast but I did complete it quicker than I predicted. I said I would do it in 36 minutes. I completed in 33:30:15. That is a pace of 10:47 per mile.
Here is the line-up:
I looked through all the Facebook pics but couldn’t see myself in any. Oh well.
The race was so much fun. Everything I read about the adrenaline rush was so true! It was also fun to have people cheering you on. I was so glad I signed up for it. I also got my dad back into running. He has taken it back up. 🙂
I also signed up for another race, on Thanksgiving. The closer it got to the big day, the more nervous I became. This race was 5 miles. 5 miles! What was I thinking?? I haven’t run 5 miles in over a year. I was super worried that my asthma would become a problem, my legs would die or I’d end up walking the entire thing.
I surpassed my expectations and surprised myself. I ran the entire 5 miles. I ran it in less time than I had figured. I had given myself 55-60 minutes to finish. I figured I did a 10:48 pace for the 5K and I might have to walk a bit so I figured 11-12 minute mile average pace. Well, I finished in 54:05. Under my estimate! I am quite proud of myself. I was so worried and nervous the day before but I felt great completing the 5 miles!
I wanted to do the 5 miles to prove to myself I could do it. I’m glad I did it.
I also couldn’t find myself in the Facebook pics but here is what we saw on the last leg:
That would be the mighty Mississippi over there. 🙂
Both my runs had great views. I couldn’t be happier with my first two races. I plan to keep it up. I have my December 5K all picked up. I haven’t signed up yet but I will do so soon. I am going to do the Hot Chocolate 5K.