Slow and Steady Finishes The Race

Slow and Steady Finishes The Race

I did my first 5K of the season this morning. It was a balmy 43 degrees and it threatened to rain the whole time. Luckily it held off until the rewards ceremony. I woke up just about every hour and looked at the clock to see if it was time to get up yet. Finally around 7:20 am I got up and threw on my clothes. I tried to eat a bowl of oatmeal but my nerves only allowed me to get a couple of bites down. I left the house a few minutes before 8 and the whole drive there (about 10 mins) my nerves where bouncing all over the place. What if I couldn’t run the whole time? What if I couldn’t finish? What if it was cancelled and no one let me know?

When I went to sign in they said they didn’t have my chip which keeps track of your finish time and that I had to go talk to the timing guys in a van by the finish line. Oh uh, not the best start for someone who is already twitching with excitement. I guess it was a common problem because a line quickly formed behind me. They gave me a new bib number that did have a chip. Although I didn’t get a new bib so the one that is in the pic with me isn’t my actual number; it ended up being 898. On a side note, it was pretty windy so my hair looks alittle crazy in the pic. ;)

It was bitter-sweet for me to watch the other runners. Most had their families with them which was neat to see. Mine were still home and in bed. My head was glad they weren’t there b/c it was COLD but my selfish side wished they were there cheering me on. Oh well, next race. I started near the start line which I never do b/c I’m not fast and I don’t want to get in everyone’s way. However, I did today b/c they didn’t have a chip mat at the beginning of the race to cross and I didn’t want to have time counted against me just because I was at the back of the pack.

I didn’t let it bother me that everyone and their brother went streaming effortlessly by me right off the bat. I kept chanting to myself slow and steady. I knew that before long I would be passing some of those sprinters who ended up walking b/c they couldn’t keep up that pace. Sure enough it started to happen. The first mile of the race was hard. I’m not use to running outside in the cold and my lungs were having trouble with the weather. I told myself not to give up and keep going. Sure enough after the first mile I got into a rhythm.

This was a very hilly race. Luckily the hills were gradual. I also knew that what goes up must come down. So I kept my gaze steady on fellow racers backs and just kept plugging along.  There were some cute firemen at the half way point. Luckily I didn’t need their assistance. I didn’t let it bother me when little Grandma’s and Grandpa’s went whizzing past me. Instead I thought about how cute they looked and how I hope I’m as active as they are at their age.

When I saw the end I must admit I was really excited. I sprinted across the finish line. My legs were either so cold or moving so fast I barely felt them hit the ground. It was really very neat. There’s nothing like crossing the finish line with people cheering and yelling, “Go, Go!”

My results really made me happy. Was I in the top 1/3? Nope. Was I in the middle? Nope. Was I in the bottom 1/3 – you betcha. I placed 122 out 166 racers. In the age group 30-39 Females I finished 27th out of 44. Who knew I was running with so many pro-athletes? My time was 33:53 which after looking at a pace calculator online is a 10:54 mile. Not too shabby for my first race. When I was doing them regularly before my second child I was finishing in about 32 minutes. So I wasn’t too far off. I would really love to get under 30 minutes but I’m not going to worry about it right now. Here is the result listing.

So if you’re thinking about signing up for a 5K - go for it! Don’t worry about where you’ll finish just starting is most of the battle. I never get a rush when I’m running but I must say after finishing I have been on a high. I’m super happy and very excited. What a great feeling. Hope you have a great day too!

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  1. I did one race with out my family there and it was kind of sad. Now my poor husband bundles my kids and drags them along to cheer me on. It is hard for them but it makes me so happy.

    best,
    elena

    • It is hard to do it all by yourself. You really have to motivate yourself and want to do it. I so much prefer to have my family there. They’re going to come out this upcoming weekend when I do my Caraway Warrior race.

  2. This is very inspirational! Congratulations! I need to follow your example. It has been 3 weeks since I took time out for me and my body.

    • More and more I think it’s important to take time out for ourselves. I really don’t like working out but when I go to the gym I know it’s the one time during the day that’s just for me. I think it makes me a better person, mom and wife. :)

  3. Congrats on a great finish! I love running 5K’s and haven’t participated in one in almost a year. I’m looking forward to signing up for one in our area soon. But with the winter months keeping me indoors so much, I’ll definitely need to hit the gym a bit first! Thanks for the renewed inspiration!

    Blessings,
    Rosann
    http://www.christiansupermom.com/

  4. Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment!

    I used to care for a boy with a cleft pallette – what a sweet heart! Then, when his sister was born I watched her a lot during his surgeries so that his mom could be with him.

    Connecting through MBC!
    Danielle
    http://www.DaniellePender.com

    • That was a huge help to the mom for you to watch the sister. I tell you surgeries are so stressful. I was nervous for each one of my son’s surgeries. Thanks so much for stopping by from MBC!

  5. Awesome girl! I dislike running a lot but am thinking I need to run a race it least once in my life right? I have been going back and forth. I am on a health and wellness journy and I think it would be cool ot have a running goal so you inspired me today! Who knows right?

    Hopoe you are having a great day!
    Tawna
    http://tawnasplan.blogspot.com

  6. Good for you! I wish I could run a 5K. I have bad knees and have so much respect for all you runners who train. I run a bit, but not much. But, when I do, it is slow and steady, but feels great! Good luck to you.
    Meryl
    http://departingthetext.blogspot.com

    • Thanks so much! My knees aren’t the best either. I do find however that the more I exercise, run and bike the better they feel. I think it’s important to strengthen the muscle around your knees. Are you able to exercise at all with them?

  7. Wahoo!! Your doin awesome! :) Congrats on your first 5k! You sound like me. I woke up every hour to make sure I wasn’t over sleeping and finally made myself get up at 6. Love reading about your race! Congrats!! :)

    Oh yeah, we have a private group on facebook called Empty Trunk if you want to join us. Email me (jennifer.lebeda@yahoo.com) your facebook name and I can add you.

  8. Thanks for the invite!!! I have emailed you. It’s hard not to get excited and not sleep well before a race. It’s nice to hear there is another crazy person out there. :)

  9. That’s an awesome pace, especially for your first race! My first 5k was in June, and I ran an 11 min pace. Not too bad, but your numbers are far more impressive :)

    I linked up to the Slim Me Down party at Jenerally Speaking for the first time.
    http://adomesticnerd.blogspot.com/2011/03/slim-me-down-weekly-challenge.html

    • Let me first say that I love the name of your blog. My husband calls me a nerd all the time too. I love doing crafty projects.Trust me I’m not that fast. We could probably easily run at the same pace together.

      Glad you joined the Slim Me Down weigh in! It’s a great group of ladys. I’ve only been doing it a couple of weeks now but am enjoying talking with them.

  10. Stopping by from the Alexa Blog Hop.

    Great job! I am so not ready to do anything like that. LOL! But I admire those who can and do…

    • Thanks Brenda. So glad you stopped by. I’ve been meaning to research the Alexa bar that I’ve been hearing about in the blogging world. I def want to understand it more. I’m not very techie computer wise.

  11. Good for you!
    I hate running, and probably would never attempt such a feat, LOL! :-)

    Stopping by from the Alexa hop!

    http://childrenchoresandchocolate.blogspot.com/

    • LOL. I honestly don’t like running either. I just need to do it to stay in/try to get into shape. My kids are so active I have to do something to keep up with them. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment!

  13. congratulations. i just started working out again. i am obsessed with my weekly body pump class, and would love to start training for a race!

    i’m visiting and following via the alexa blog hop! xo, shari

    http://www.spearmintbaby.com/

  14. Congratulations on your first race of the season! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting back into running and your post definitely makes me want to give it another try. Lots more planned for this year?

    Stopping by from the Alexa hop! :)

  15. Helping lower your Alexa! Showing some love from Dinosaurs & Dandelions!

  16. Great job!! I’ve been wanting to do a 5K. I was supposed to do one in January but hurt my knee so had to back out. Soon maybe…

    I’ve added your name and blog url to the list for the 400 Mile Fitness Challenge.

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