Saturday, September 15, 2012

First 5K Race

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
We had some time to kill so we made a quick (and gross) stop at the porter-potties, did a warm up walk, and snapped some pictures...
At 8:00 we started the race with my goals of running without stopping and to a least finish at the 37:20 I had done on Tuesday.
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)
I was so excited and couldn't believe I cut 2 minutes off my time from Tuesday. So I completed both my goals today : )
My self portrait with my glittery pink medal for finishing

All the girls showing off their medals

Allie and Me. Allie got 2nd place in her age category with a time of 25:49. Whoa.

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!



  1. Congrats lady!! Way to go and to shave 2 minutes off your time, that is just awesome!!

    I love running in 5k's... mostly because of the adrenaline rush!

  2. 35 minutes is awesome! And you should seriously be proud of yourself-- especially running up a hill. :)

  3. yay!! I have the heart of teacher, so hearing that a coach was willing to motivate you and even run with you is so thrilling to me!! That is what it is all about! Spurring one another on! You did awesome girl!!!