Well, I did it! I completed my first 5K race :)
Allie, Ashley, and Ashlee all met at my house at 6:40 this morning for us to ride together to the race. We were all super pumped and ready to go.
We made it to the park around 7:10, checked in, and got our bibs
I was running with Ashley and Marie with the hopes that we would be able to pace each other well. We (being the rookies that we were) started off way too fast and were going at about a 10:15 pace. We started to try to slow down and ended up getting a little slower than we wanted at about a 12:30 pace. So it took us a bit to get it right and at a 11:30 pace. Between mile 1 and mile 2 there was a killer hill that really took a lot out of me but I didn't let it slow my pace down and I kept going. I was really hoping for that second wind or for the adrenaline to kick in after mile 2 but it never happened and I felt like I was barely making it. I really wanted to stop to walk but refused to do so and just kept going.
I finally made it to mile 3 and was met by a coach that helped motivate me to the end by running beside me. It gave me that extra push I needed. I really thought my time was going to be awful because of how exhausted I felt and I was completely surprised when I took the turn and saw 35 on the clock.
I finished the last minute with everything I had (which wasn't much) at a 9:30 pace and crossed the finsh line at 35:17(ish) (I will have my exact time later next week)
My mile break down ended up being
Mile 1 11:29
Mile 2 11:24
Mile 3 11:25
So next up is the Color Run (that is just a month away) I can't wait!