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My First 5k!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Revlon 5k Run/Walk for Women, May 1, 2010, NYC

Well, I did it! I ran my first 5k! The video is of the countdown to the start off. I got to the event super early this morning since I was a late registered participant and they were expecting 30,000 participants total. I was so early I was able to pick a spot up front, but I had to choose between the starting line and the front space in front of the stage where the celebrities appeared. I have no idea why I chose the stage because I could care less about celebrities. I think it was pre-run jitters. I was worried about being in the front at the starting line. So, when Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Dr. Oz, and Halle Berry came out I had to force myself to quit sighing and rolling my eyes and thinking, "Get on with it!" I wish now that I had chosen the start line.

But, then I wouldn't have gotten the video shot. There's a funny moment at the end where I captured the runners sprinting out at the starting line and I thought, "wait a minute! what am I doing? I've got to get going!!!" So, that's when the video ends and I started making my way to the starting line, but there was now a huge bottleneck of people (now mostly walkers) in front of me.

I think I didn't make it as far as I would have liked before I had to take a walk break because I had to spend a lot of energy in lateral motion dodging walkers during the first mile since I didn't get to the starting line soon enough. So, at mile one I took a quick potty break at a port-a-potty and got a one-minute breather in the meantime. Then I ran to about mile two before needing a 2-3 minute walk break. Then I made it almost to the end, but had to walk for one more minute right around mile 3. When I heard a person yell, "the finish line is just around the corner!" I started running and was shocked when I realized they were right. There it was!

Now, that finish line was BEAUTIFUL. One of the most beautiful things I've seen in a long time. As I ran towards it I wondered why more people don't do this as I thought about how much fun it is to see a gigantic finish sign and run beneath it. And then I was the one running beneath it! Oh it was so wonderful!

I'm only on week 6 of the C25k program and I'm not quite ready to run the entire distance without stopping, so I did walk a few times. But, I'm coming to see taking walk breaks when you need to as an OK thing to do as a runner. In the June issue of Runner's World it even recommends runners walk every so often.

Of course, being that it's only a 5k and such a short distance my goal by June 6th is to be able to run this distance without a walk break. June 6th is my first official 5k "race". Today's Revlon event wasn't timed and therefore not considered a true race.

This will get addicting! Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Seeing all of the runners and walkers wearing signs that read, "I do this for..." was very inspirational. I saw a girl about my age wearing one that said "In memory of my mom" and I lost it for a minute, but for the most part it was a joyous event I won't soon forget.

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    emoticon Congratulations!!!!!
    3722 days ago
    Thanks so much everyone!!! Good luck on your 5k race Dragonfly and BSFIVDC. I hope I get to read a blog about your experience.

    Beyourbest, you can find races in the area by going to:

    active.com; runnersworld.com; nyrr.org; runtheplanet.com; coolrunning.com

    Happy running!

    3722 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/1/2010 6:22:18 PM
    Congratulations! How exciting that must have been!
    Can I ask you, and please excuse the ignorance, where can I find 5Ks in the NYC and suburbs area?
    3722 days ago
    AWESOME! My first one is on Wednesday! Can't wait..oh...wait a minute...yes I can..Good luck!
    3722 days ago
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    3722 days ago
    Well done! It was fun to see your video! I'm just starting W8 of the program and will do my first run on May 29th. So fun to see the excitement there in NYC!
    3722 days ago
    Congrats - that's awesome!!!
    3722 days ago
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