Today I ran my first 5k! WhooHoo!! After 3 long, hard months of running in mostly hot, humid weather here in good ol Louisiana I entered my first race where I actually ran. How appropriate is it that my first race was the No Excuses 5k & 10k race? I made no excuses to myself during my training period and kept it up with pure self motivation.
After putting myself to bed at a decent hour on a Friday night I woke up at 5:45 a.m. to begin my morning. Actually, I do kinda remember waking up at 4:45 a.m. and looking at my alarm. I managed to go back to sleep for another hour. It was a fairly relaxing morning as I got ready. No need to worry about getting kids up, fixing breakfast, or yelling at anyone to come on or I'm leaving without them. I left at 7 A.M., stopped to get gas, and even arrived 30 minutes early. Amazing!
Since I arrived early I had enough time to scope out my running path and watch the other runners getting ready. At 8:00 there was a 1/2 mile fun run. I decided not to do this because I didn't want to risk getting tired before I even started. Instead, I warmed up by walking around and doing some stretches. As I walked around I met some other runners. Runners are such friendly people. At 8:30 the race began. I began in the middle of the pack and was quickly passed by other runners. You would not believe the serious runners here. I nicknamed one particular runner Speedy Gonzales. He was running the 10K and I think he must have passed me several times. Nevertheless, this did not discourage me. My goal was to get to the finish line without walking.
As I rounded the corner of the 3 mile marker and passed through a tunnel, I felt a feeling of pride as I saw the finish line and realized I did it. I crossed the finish line in 37 minutes, 39 seconds. My husband even surprised me and was waiting on the other side videoing my accomplishment.
What an awesome feeling to find a new interest that I enjoy so much with an added bonus of getting me in shape.