My first 5K. The nerves. The excitement. The self-doubt. The positive self-talk. I had all these thoughts swirling around in my head. To top it off, I had a backache. Oh yeah, and the course was changed at the last minute! It was much more hilly than I anticipated. I tried but I had to walk up most of the hills. It is was it. I completed the race in 52 minutes. I had a blast!
I did learn a lot last night. I preferred running alone. The crowd and the encouraging words from my friends was a bit much for me. While I appreciated it, there were times I just wanted to lose myself in my thoughts and/or music. I am now having second thoughts about joining a running group. Another thing I learned is that I need to do more hill work. I trained on inclines similar to the original course. I need to be prepared for anything.
When it’s all said and done, I showed up, and completed the race. Scratch "Running in a 5K" off my fitness bucklet list! I am very grateful to God for bringing me this far.
UPDATE: Hmmm...it appears my time may be a little better than I thought. My goal was to finish around 45 minutes. They had to change the course late Friday afternoon. The organizers acknowledge that the course was a bit off. They were switching around the course right in the middle of the race! Some runners who were wearing their GPS watches are saying it was around 3.28 miles. The first leg of people possibly ran up to 4 miles. I feel awful for the people who were trying to run PRs.