My First 5K
Thursday, July 04, 2013
So I decided at the last minute to do the Cedarburg 5K on the 4th of July. I have been working out at the Y, walking/ jogging on a treadmill and the track. Boy, was I ever Not Prepared for the hills! At the very start of the race there was a significant hill. I managed to jog up it, with people passing me up on both sides. By the top of that first hill, I had slowed down to a fast walk, and was falling farther behind the pack, but I could still see them. I switched back and forth between walking and jogging that first mile. There were still a couple of people behind me, I could hear them talking. At mile marker 2 another good size hill. At the water stop, the people behind me had caught up. They were doing the race with their dogs, mostly walking I'm sure. They overtook me on the hill, so it was just me, with the Emergency Vehicle close on my heels, making me nervous.
I had no music with me, no one to keep me going but me. To push myself, I would say to myself, When I get up to that signpost, or whatever, I'll start jogging until I reach That mailbox, or whatever. Lo and Behold, the signpost I had selected to start my jog, bore the name of the program director at the Y I attend! I couldn't read the sign until I got right up to it, but when I did it made me smile! I could hear Amy pushing me on even though she wasn't there!
About half way through mile 2 I lost sight of the dog walkers ahead of me. The emergency vehicle left me behind, I imagine to do something for the up coming parade that was to start at 10. Apparently, because of the parade, the markers for the race route had been moved, because somehow, I missed a turn somewhere. The road I was on that I thought would take me to the finish line, was a steep hill. I couldn't see where the road ended up until I got over that hill. Well, it was Not the finish line. Somehow I ended up on Washington Ave. the main drag through Cedarburg, where people were already gathering to watch the parade. I got on the side walk and tried to look inconspicuous, as I made my way back to the start of the race route. I approached the finish line from the wrong side, went around and saw my time. 58:31 seconds. At the Y I had accomplished the 5K in about 50:15 on a treadmill with no hills. So I couldn't have gone too far out of my way. It was a very Anticlimactic end to my first 5K, but at least I finished! By this time next year, I will Not be so far back behind the pack that I don't know where to go! At least, that is my Plan!