The whole running thing has been going well, despite my lack of blog updates.
I’ve been part of the women’s running group that follows a run/walk schedule that leads up to a 5k. A couple weeks ago I realized despite the walk breaks I was already doing the 5k distance almost every time. Running a 5k has been on my to-do list forever, but it always slightly intimidated me. Realizing I had already been doing that distance no problem made it seem way less scary.
August 13, I went on my first timed 5k run (I started using RunKeeper).
It was slow and included both a warm up and cool down, but I was excited to know that I could do a 5k distance!
Then I decided to sign up for the Forrest Spence 5k. They were a great client at my day job and I loved working with them on their new website. It worked out perfectly that their 5k hit around the time I was finally working up to doing the 5k distance. I signed up with all sorts of excitement and serendipity!
Yesterday I went and picked up my packet for the race. Getting the cool shirt and my number made me so excited!!
The race was this morning and I was so anxious because I’d never done a 5k and I was doing it alone. Luckily it was exactly 5 minutes from my house so traveling to it didn’t factor in. It was also extremely well run so I had no problems finding the start or anything else.
The race itself was great! I had a bit of trouble pacing myself in the beginning because I normally run with a slower group or Juju. Running in a 5k with much faster people was something that was new. I tried to keep to my planned pace as much as possible.
A couple of hills in the park gave me trouble and I had to walk up them which was not planned. I definitely think some of my future workouts will be hill work.
In the end I finished with a smile on my face!
As soon as I got home I checked my official time because I was very curious!
The race said I ran a 47:35 time for the 5k with an average pace of 15:19. I was 43rd in my age group and 482 overall. Not bad for my first go! That’s definitely faster than I was running so yay improvement!
I started my RunKeeper app at the start line and it had my results when I finished a little differently:
It had me at a little faster pace and going a bit farther than that 5.1 distance. Either way, I was around a 15 minute mile and it was for sure my best time yet for a 5k.
This morning’s 5k made me realize they are so much fun and a great way to get in the runs I need to do. Over the next few months I’ll be running longer distances as I train to run/walk a half-marathon for St. Jude in December (donations welcome here). I’m definitely going to put in a few more fall 5ks to get my shorter runs in! So much fun!
Thanks to the Forrest Spence Fund and everyone who helped make this race great. It was a perfect first 5k. :)