Races

My first 5K

I decided not long after posting about the Papa John’s 10-miler that I would go ahead and do the Anthem 5K and Rodes City Run 10K that lead up to that race. It would be extra training for the 10-miler if nothing else.

The race was set to begin at 8am on Saturday, so I left home around 5:30am. Leaving the house, I was pretty sure I would never do this again after this month. Getting up at 5am on a Saturday seems so unnatural. I quickly got over it once we got there. The atmosphere was nice, lots of runners warming up in the street. Jamie and I walked around a little bit to keep warm while we waited for Christina.

Being that this was my first race, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After crossing the start line, Christina started weaving in between people to get ahead and actually have room to move. It was fun having to jog in between people to keep up with her. We didn’t do any running through the race, but jogged toward the end and across the finish line. I didn’t get to catch up with other friends running in the race (Chris, Corey, and Karen) but it was nice sharing the road with them.

Even though a 5K isn’t a big deal to most, it was a big deal to me crossing that finish line. I felt so accomplished, especially having burned about 700 calories during the race. I’ve never been an athletic person, and it feels nice having these races to look forward to. It’s one more step in the right direction.

After the race, I headed to Whole Foods and picked up a few things. I don’t try to reward myself with food anymore, but I did pick up a fruit tart to indulge in later in the day. I think I deserved it, and it was mostly fruit. :)

I am so appreciative to Jamie and Christina, and friends who sent messages before and after the race. I really don’t think I would’ve made it this far on my own without their support.

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9 Comments

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    Betty
    March 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    So very proud of you! You rock!

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      Pam
      March 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Thanks, Betty! :)

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    Chris
    March 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Congrats. Keep it up.

    • Reply
      Pam
      March 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Hey, stranger! Thanks. :)

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    Dawn Green
    March 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    CONGRATS, Pam!! I can completely relate when you say you were never athletic: I was pretty much a cream puff in high school and college, then I met my husband and I got more active; in fact, my father finally got to see me compete in something athletic a while back….a bowling tournament at age 34!! Life is funny sometimes…but also pretty GREAT!!! Keep up the good work :):).

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      Pam
      March 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, Dawn, I really appreciate your support. How did the bowling tournament turn out?

      I definitely agree like is funny but great sometimes. :)

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    Angel L. Ramos
    March 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Pam,
    I want to thank you for sharing your experience with us! I’ve learned a lot from your blog and look forward to reading about your next race! I can so understand the feeling of accomplishment crossing that finish line. In fact, my wife and I raced our first 5K together last weekend. It wasn’t about the time, but the face that we finished.

    Angel recently posted My First 5K Personal Growth Goal 2012

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      Pam
      March 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Congrats on finishing! You’re completely right, it’s not about the time… :)

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