Today was the day! My first EVER 5k race. I woke up sooo nervous and was tempted just not to go. I didn't feel like I could finish it without walking (I haven't run a whole lot lately), and I was just anxious in general. But I got up, force fed myself some oatmeal and peanut butter, got ready, and we headed out.
|Standing in the cold, freezing our booties off.|
However, all of that aside, my personal running experience was amazing! I was careful not to start out too fast (I listened to music to help pace myself), and about halfway through, I started picking up speed and passing people. I did get one pretty awful side cramp, but a few steps of walking and some careful breathing fixed that.
|Booking it to the finish line.|
Before I knew it, I could see the finish line, and I really picked up the pace. I crossed the finish line with a time of 29:20, which obliterated my official goal of "just finish and don't die" and surpassed my secret hopes of coming in around 30 minutes. I couldn't be more thrilled! It was a really small race, so I actually managed to come in within the top 1/4-1/3 of runners.
|The sun was in my face, but boy was I happy. Mainly because I could quit running.|
|Woo! first 5k finished!|
I rewarded myself with a delicious beverage (peppermint mocha), but I wouldn't recommend coffee right after a race. My stomach was not too happy with it. Won't be doing that again, even though it was soooo good (seriously, someone book me a spot in starbucks rehab. I can't afford this addiction).
Now I have the race bug and want to sign up for every 5k in the area. Is that normal? Anyway, my 5k was a resounding success. Now let's hope my Pchem exam went just as well! (err... unlikely)