On Saturday I participated in my first 5K ever! It was ‘Run, Run ye Saints’ a 5k, 10k run/walk put on by the church in our area & spearheaded by my friend Brenda. This has been a goal for months. I’ve had some struggles along the way, most notably foot issues. I was so scared. I’ve had difficulties pushing myself beyond 1 1/2 miles, which if you do math you know is a good mile and a half + SHORT of a 5K. I tried talking myself out of it but I knew that was just my chicken half talking and I’m tired of listening to my chicken half. So, @ 7:50 or so on Saturday morning I presented myself @ the race knowing I was about to be the slowest runner and whimpiest. The fun thing about this race though was the fact that a large part of the participants (probably a little less than 1/3) are friends of mine, so I was quite literally among friends…I don’t think you get that in a more competitive race. It was nice to hear “way to go Hope!” from the runners as they passed me by and even a few high fives. I managed to run a little less than a mile (made a rookie mistake and ran the day before so I think I was too tired) and then I resorted to walking for 2-3 minutes and running for 2-3 minutes. my official time was 44:17, 7 seconds behind the winner of the 10K women’s race (so she litterally ran a double what I did in half the time). I can not say I enjoyed it but I can say I did it…I ACOMPLISHED IT! I did not chicken out! I will do it again sometime, but I need to train more. I run again on Monday.
So, to answer any questions:
- no, I was not last….I beat a little girl, she was last…BUT she was beating me for most of the race, I passed her at the end.
- Yes, the weather co-operated. It was overcast and in the mid 60’s so it was pleasant running, one did not get too hot.
- I think there were about 60-70 participants so good turnout for the first run/walk ever.
- Yes, I blame Brenda… For what you ask? For telling me this was a good idea. She is probably right but around mile 2 it felt like a very BAD idea.
- Any other questions?
Dawn, Christine, Jim, Alana(stroller), Ericka, Jared, Bryce, Quinton, Chantel, Ryan, Sue, Jeff, Kimberly, Evan, Me (next time I definitely need to wear black!! I look waaay heavier than I actually am!), Brenda, Ashley, Steven, Johnny, Cherry.
my bib #