I did it! Not only did I finish my first 5K race, but I ran it at an average pace of 10:29 – my fastest pace ever! How’s that for a lovely surprise?
My Results: (because my dad didn’t believe that I finished)
Okay, so let me just recap the entire race-day process starting from the night before. I slept at my cousin Lainey’s place in the city since she was running the race with me – shout out to her also for her first 5k and for having absolutely no training what-so-ever! I got to her place around 12:30 am because I was on singing duty the night before. My alarm was set for 6:30am, but I was up at the ripe time of 5:30 for a grand total of five desperately needed hours of sleep. Note to self: sleep is not overrated so please allow a full 8 hour slot for your next race.
I didn’t wash my face the night before. Yes, I broke my healthy skin rule #1, but sometimes you just need to pick your battles – sleep clearly won that one.
This is what it looked like outside when I got up:
- Me: “Wake up it’s race day!”
- Lainey: “I’m just gonna sleep”
- Me: “You need to get up, it’s for the children!”
- Lainey: “I already donated”
- Me: “I’m making you breakfast and coffee – you can do this!”
It was in the upper 30′s – so slightly cold when you’re not warmed up, but perfect for running! I was wearing my thermal running pants, a tank, my dry-fit pull over, the hot chocolate race jacket, a vest and ear warmers.
Our lovely morning faces:
The run itself wasn’t bad, but there were times when it was a little crowded and you had to run around people – making it hard to set a good pace. I used my running app on my phone to track my pace and distance as well, and noticed that we actually ran more than a 5k. I was getting really confused when we would reach the markers and my phone was telling me we were at a further distance – only later to find out that a truck was blocking the race course, so there was a last minute detour which extended the distance to about 3.3 miles. That made me happy because I was slightly disappointed with my time at first.
Here at last:
I nearly cried from tears of joy when I saw that beautiful sign! What an incredible feeling it is to cross the finish line after all your hard work. It really does pay off
Things I will do differently for my upcoming race:
1. Get a good night’s sleep
2. Wear gloves – my fingers nearly fell off.
3. Look over the race route – I didn’t do that for this one and decided it’s necessary.
4. Know that it’s okay to take walk breaks if you need them.
Overall, I will say that all my routinely runs fared to serve their purpose. The feeling of accomplishment is well worth the short-term feeling of torture. If you haven’t signed up for a 5k yet, I urge you to make that one of your future goals – you won’t be disappointed
*Stickers the whole weekend. I’ll have you know that I did “cheat” with raisins yesterday – if you count that as cheating