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First 5k

Monday, September 07, 2009

Disneyland 5k Sep 5, 2009

I was so nervous! I'd fallen just the week before rock climbing and just 7 days ago could not take a single step. But I was walking with only a few twinges by the day before the race so I decided to go ahead and run.

I got up at 5:37am - not a normal hour for me. I am NOT a morning person. Started coffee and got in the shower to wake up. Ate a waffle with cream cheese and a banana. Took 2 Aleeve. Took coffee and water in the truck to drink on the way. Left at 6:10am.

Parked at 6:38 and headed for the starting line. I thought the race started at 7 but apparently it was 6:45 so I was cutting it a little close. My sparkfriend Tammy was there to once again tell me I could do this and she would meet me at the finish line.

As I stood waiting for the gun to go off, I was still so nervous. I started tearing up. Just 9 months ago I could barely run 30 seconds without thinking I was going to collapse. What if my foot rebelled? Could I really do this? But I was there and there was no backing out now.

The gun went off and I had to walk the first bit because it was so crowded. But then it eased up and I started running. My goal was to run the first mile than do mile 2 and 3 with some walking intervals. I had been very worried that I would be at the back of the pack, in danger of being "swept." I'd had visions of being chased by the "sweeper." But I seemed to be solidly in the middle. People were passing me, but I was passing quite a people too! I decided to just focus on my race. When I reached the mile 1 marker and saw 12:02, I was shocked! I have never in my life run a 12 minute mile - I usually run closer to 15 minute pace and 14 on a good day!

Mile 2 - without my interval watch, I decided to walk when I needed and run when I could. It seemed to take forever to reach the second mile. Several times I thought "How could I not be there yet?" I hit the mile 2 marker at 25:30 which meant I'd run the second mile in 13:30 - still faster than I'd ever run in training! I couldn't believe it! My foot was sore and giving me many twinges but I was hanging in there.

Mile 3 - Still walked when I had to but ran as much as I could. I pushed myself tthinking this is a race - I should be wore out at the end. As I came around for the final stretch, I could hear "20 seconds to beat 40 minutes!" 40 minutes? I have never run this distance faster that 44:30! I tried to run faster but my foot was really hurting by this point - I missed the 40 minute mark but am still very proud to have made 40:12! A great time and injured!

Tammy was there and got a picture of me - good thing as I never think to bring a camera. I was so grateful she was there to share in that moment!

I am proud of my time and myself for starting and finishing my first 5k!

Thank you to sparkfriends who told me back when I signed up I could do this, who sent me numerous goodies and comments wishing me well the night before and the morning of the race!

Becky, Jen, Bev, Becki, Jeannie, Mary and Mary!

And thank you for all the congrats after!

And yes I am still limping because my right heel is sore as all get out!

But I wouldn't change a thing - I proved to myself that I can do exactly what I set out to do! I need to have more faith in myself!

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    Eve!!! congrats again!!! i LOVE your blog... you should be very proud.. i remember too!! when you would talk about "thinking" maybe you should try some of this running stuff and now look how you have blossomed into a runner yourself... having Tammy there is very special... i am glad she got the shots of you with your medal.. it is well-deserved --- and i started the same way.. not being able to run much more than a minute after 20 years of inactivity... AWESOME JOB!!!lots of high-fives... Jen
    4189 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    Hi Eve,

    Hearty Congrats!!! Way to rock your first 5K race. You really achieved a great milestone and I can see how emotions would run high. That must have felt so nice to have Tammy there to greet you and cheer you in!! I am very proud of you. You are really doing this - you are getting healthier and stronger every day!! Three cheers! Way to go, Coach!!
    4194 days ago

    I am soooo sorry I didn't congratulate you on your first 5k til now. I am still getting used to finding things on the board and noticed you had blogged about your first 5k. You are truly inspirational.....very, very proud of you!

    Leslie emoticon
    4194 days ago
    You would have never known how nervous you were on race day, as you came down the escalator in such an apparent state of calm! I was trying to contain my nerves for your sake, but I was worried sick you would miss the start - and you seemed so totally in control and ready - even when you mentioned your foot still hurt it was almost like an afterthought! But you took your "coach's" advice and swallowed the Aleve, so I knew you'd be OK LOL...

    I wish I could have been by your side for every step, but the truth is that you did all the hard work to get here on your own and your victory is yours! It was an honor and a joy to be there for you and to take your pics (all on FB, btw).

    When's the next one? LB maybe?
    4194 days ago
    Eve ~ I tried to follow your progress while at the Cabin.. I heard from Tam that you did well and I was so excited for you.. I could only imagine how I would feel and then put your face to it.. Al Smiles I saw and a VERY PROUD on that was..

    You conquered this even with a injury.. You are a go getter and I have seen much push and motivation in you in the last 6 months.. You are an Athlete!!!
    4195 days ago
    I'm so incredibly proud of you! There were so many things that would have had me in a panic...the foot injury, wrong start time, no interval watch.

    I could totally feel your emotion at the start...you HAVE come so incredibly far EVE! I, too, get teary and goose-bumpy before races. Its just such an awesome experience and I'm thrilled that you were able to enjoy it.


    I'm looking forward to doing an event with you really soon. Thanks for posting this so that I could share in it with you now.

    4195 days ago
    Great job Eve!!! That is soooo aweseome!!! I'm sooo sorry I didn't get in early enough to see you cross the finish line!!!

    You know Long Beach has a great cool 5k ... would love to see you there!!!

    4196 days ago
  • LADYDI2049
    Yeah! Eve I am so proud of you, what a wonderful success story. I can just imagine how elated you were to cross that finish line with such a good time. You are truly an inspiration to me and many others. Keep up the good work and take care of that foot.

    4196 days ago
    That is SOOOOO Awesome!! Way to go. I think the most frightening part is just getting out there to try it. I've been having doubts about running a race soon but your story has encouraged me to just go for it!! Thanks so much for sharing and way to go on the time!! That is just AWESOME!!!! emoticon emoticon
    4196 days ago
    Woo Hoo!!! Oh..., I didn't know that your foot was still injured from rock climbing. Geez, you ran the fastest you have ever ran, and with an injured foot. I am so proud of you Eve. That is very cool. Hope that foot feels better soon.

    4196 days ago
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