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.