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Running my first 5K

Monday, October 19, 2009

This past Saturday, I completed my first 5K – the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer. If you have seen earlier blogs, you know how important this cause is for me.

I had started the C25K program at the end of May, taking it a bit more slowly than scheduled since I am pushing 50 and, with the exception of middle school gym class, had never run (unless I was late to supper). As fall approached, I decided that I should run, not walk, the Komen 5K.

As race day approached, I was very nervous. I have only been able to complete running 3 miles for a few weeks. Would I be able to run the entire way? Would adrenaline kick in, causing me to run too fast and leaving nothing for the end? And (since I do have a bit of a competitive streak), would I come in dead last? My mind was racing all night!

As the race start time approached, I stood with the crowd, donned in my new pink shirt, socks, and shorts (no jokes about Jogging Barbie!). The weather was clear and cool for Charleston in October – perfect for running. I hit the iPod button to start my running mix as I crossed the starting line.

The energy from the crowd was phenomenal and I jogged along easily with Lynyrd Skynyrd. I began thinking of my friend who had passed away and how I believed she would have been happy at my running in her memory and in honor of my friends and family. I could almost feel her beside me throughout the run.

When I reached the halfway point, I realized I was actually passing people! Feeling encouraged, I began to push a bit harder. I was beginning to feel the run when I rounded a curve and saw the finish line. I was going to do it! I pushed just a bit harder and ran across! I ran the full 5K!

That evening I went online to see if the results had been posted. There I was – finishing 942 out of 2552 with a time of 28:43. I was so excited! I spent Sunday rethinking the race – and what I will do different next time. Yes, there will be a next time!
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    oh my gosh!! "28:43"?? that's nearly 10 minutes less then my first time and i'm 25- you did awesome!! and you do look like jogging barbie- but that's because of the figure- no that pink! i can't believe it- what an accomplishment! i'm running another 5k for halloween and hoping i'll be able to make it down to 30min- wow, emoticon cheers to an incredible first 5k- definitely one well worth bragging about!
    4109 days ago
  • VICKI1215
    Great time! My husband and I ran also and we really enjoyed the whole experience. What a great cause! I thought it might be difficult to run with so many people but it wasn't at all. Can't wait for the next one!
    4111 days ago
    Well done you!!! You're an inspiration. Why shouldn't I set a goal to go from completing the race in 49 min to 28!!?
    4111 days ago
    Wow, great time, especially for your first 5K and you were wondering if you'd be able to run the distance! What a great feeling that must be!
    4114 days ago
    Wow, awesome time! I raced for the cure, too, last weekend and also ran in someone's memory. Makes it all the more special. Congrats on reaching your goal1!! YOu've made amazing progress. Can't wait to join you in maintenanceville! emoticon emoticon
    4114 days ago
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