Today I did it! I ran, that's right, RAN my first 5k! No walking. All running. I woke up excited. Got my breakfast in and some water. Put on my awesome T-shirt that my sister made. I Made sure my ipod wasn't acting dumb- for the past couple of weeks it just froze while I ran and I was hoping it wouldn't do it today. Put on my sock and shoes and was ready to head to the race.
Yeah, the sun was really bright out this morning. Shoulda worn my stunna shades. Team Fluffy woohoo! So we headed down to the church where the race was located. It was about a 5-10 minute walk from my house. As we got closer to the church I started getting butterflies in my stomach. I havent had that feeling in a long time. It was exciting for me because I miss competing in sports. We got to the check in table and I got my first 5k t-shirt and race number.
I was ready to go at that point. I was like, Wow- I'm actually doing this! The weather was beautiful. The sun was shining, there was not one cloud in the sky. It was in the mid 70's and a slight breeze. We were hanging out for a bit and talking. And all of a sudden I was at the starting line. Holy Schnikes!!!
Racers take your mark! And we were off.
The first 1.5 miles we were running at a 9.5-10 minutes pace. It felt good, my legs felt good, my breathing was good- Everything felt in place. The last mile I was starting to feel my legs we getting a little tired. I was still pacing myself for a good time. There was a girl in front of us who was sucking wind but she was further up. I was trying to catch her the whole second half of the race but never did. It's cool- she was my target that kept me going. What I really enjoy about this race was that it was the first one they have hosted here. There was about 25-30 runners total. A decent turn out for a first time race. The course wasn't too bad- There was a decent hill but other than that it was a flat parking lot. Everyone was cheering everyone else on- That's what I loved. No matter if it was your first race or your 500th race- People were clapping, yelling and encouraging you to keep on going. That's awesome.
So back to the race- We were on the home stretch to finishing the race. My sister looked at the clock they had and it was at 28 minutes. She's like, let's go you can make it in 30! There was a guy who had a microphone and he would say when someone was coming to finish so everyone would cheer them on. I dont remember what he exactly said, but I remember him yelling in the mic at me and we ended up pushing ourselves faster and fast until we were in the straight away and my sister screamed, GO MOLLY, RUN THROUGH THE FINISH! I dont know how- my legs were full of lactic acid by then but I SPRINTED through the finish line. My muscle were burning but after I made it through, words can't describe how awesome a feeling it was to accomplish the race in 30:07!
My sister was so jacked that I finished in 30 minutes. Honestly, I thought if I finished in 35 minutes that would have been great. But, I pushed myself and didn't give up. I wanted to stop running a couple of times but I knew I had to keep going. All along the way I had a great group of fans. My mom and dad of course were there but I found out that my older brother Matt and his fiance, Melissa were coming to watch. I was really appreciative of that.
The sign my sis made. We look pretty good for being all sweaty and what not.
After the race we went to get a bottle of water and powerbar that they were handing out. I talked to an older lady who has been running for awhile. She told me her goal was to run a 5k every month. I like that idea- I may have to "run" with it also. They were figuring out official times and then they were going to hand out awards. Guess who took home 3rd place...This Girl :)
My sister ended up getting a medal as well for her age group. So we both ended up taking home some hardware to brag about.
Overall, it was an awesome race. I officially got my first 5k done with an out of the way. This was a great experience and I already think I have my second race lined up. I want to dedicate this race to all of my fellow blogger's who have inspired me to lose weight and to try running. You guys know who you are- Your awesome and I love you for all the advice you have given me over the past 6 months. I also want to thank my sister for helping me out with my running and actually running with me. She could have ran faster than me numerous times but didn't. She paced me and she encouraged me to keep running and stay with her. Thanks Megan. Your a peach. xoxo