Trek Women
April 27, 2008

MY FIRST 5K

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This has clearly been a big week of firsts for me.  First brick, first mammogram and first 5K.  This morning I participated in the Women's 5K by the Bay race.  It was a beautiful 5K run in Harve de Grace, MD. 

I have a few friends that are runners that asked to me to do the run with them.  I thought, "What have I got to lose?".  I have been harassing my friends to start riding so I figured I had to get out and do a little running with them.  Fair is fair.  On top of that I plan on doing some triathlons this summer so I thought this could help.

Pic43 I had been training on a treadmill for a few months and had run outside maybe twice.  Yes, I know (as I've been told 100 times) that running outside is totally different than the treadmill.  So there I was this morning out in the cold at 7:30am and hating life (I'm not a morning person).  Oh ya, and did I mention I don't like running?  I was also having a hard time getting past the fact that this would  be a short workout (i.e. waste of my time) as opposed to riding 30 miles and getting a great workout on the bike. 

With all of my negative thoughts in check I shimmied up to the starting line and ran my big butt off.  I kept trying to visualize getting into the "zone" but I don't think I actually ever found it.  Finally I crossed the finish line as I watched the clock switch to 28:00.  I came in 79th out of 340.  So there you have it.  I made it and it wasn't bad at all.  My friend Jen even took 9th place overall!  My goal for my next run will be to beat her time of 21:00.  Yah right, in my dreams!


Comments

Susan:

Congratulations on your first 5-K! You look great in your orange ... and what you must know about running is that it's more important to look good than finish fast. You're even smiling in the photo! I enjoy your blog tremendously ... keep up the good work. Deb (Jen's sister) in Little Rock

Posted by: Deb Roush | Apr 28, 2008 3:42:45 PM

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