I DID IT!! I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K!!
The day started out great with the kids competing in the 50 yard dash. Parker was feeling great so he went for it! Callie hung back and trotted along with Daddy.
Next up was the 1K. My mom and sis ran that event. I'm not sure what their official time was, but they did great! I am so proud of them! The kids made them signs with a little help from me.
Last was the 5K event. There were TONS of kids with their parents lined up and I was near the back of the pack. Can you find me?
I got across the start line a few minutes after the horn went off and started the timer on my iPod. There wasn't any chip timing, so it was up to the runners if they wanted to know their official time. I ended up finishing at 33:50, according to my Ipod stopclock. I made my 34 minute goal! Barely..but still.. yay!
The bad points:
-The first mile was spent pretty much weaving around walkers and little kids. I ended up having to run off the path into the weeds and gravel a lot.
-My leg was hurting and burning all through the first 2 miles, and each step was killer.
-The weather was warm and humid.
-People were just randomly stopping and turning around whenever they wanted, tying their shoes, stopping and chatting, whatever in the middle of the path...it was extremely laid back.
The good points:
-The swag bags were cool. We got them after picking up our race packets the day before. I got my tech tee, a week pass to a local gym, a pen, and a little tote.
-It was fun to see so many kids running with their parents or teachers. They were cheering for everyone the whole way. When I was running back, there were lots of kids giving me high fives and yelling for you..that was sweet.
-The 50 yard dash was super cute! The kids all won ribbons.
-There were games and fun things for the kids to do after the race.
- My family came and stayed to cheer me on. When I saw them at the finish line, I wanted to cry. I was so happy to see them, so tired, and proud that I met my goal.
So overall, I was happy with my race. I didn't get to train for 2 weeks prior, so I felt I could have done better with my pace. But, with an injury, it is what it is. I will for sure do more 5K's and work my up to a 10K. When will the next one be? Just wait and see!!