I ran my first full 5 k today! All the way through! The last mile or so of it was up hill – that definitely wore on me towards the end but I kicked it into high gear towards the finish line and finished strong.
It was about 35 degrees out today with big snow flakes falling. About 500 people were there – all in various outfits. A few were wearing shorts, most running pants or sweat pants and I saw one lady with a winter parka on! I don’t know about you but being warm, too warm, slows me down. I overheat quickly.
My friend and I took a mile warm up run before the race started. It was good we did that. My legs were a little cold and stiff. It was my first time running with my friend so it was also good to see what kind of pace she could run, we were hoping to stay together the whole race.
She has cross country experience while I don’t….I just kind of assumed I would be the slower one. I don’t know if its true that there is a “running body” or people who are better made to run….but if there is I don’t think I’m one of them! I short and curvy. Probably not sprinting material.
I saw one person wearing vibrams and no one wearing skechers (except me). Lots of nikes. I always observe my surroundings to see what people are wearing. It’s like an informal review of equipment.
As we started out I tried setting my GPS tracker but found out at the end of the race I didn’t press the record button! So my pace, splits and exact mileage weren’t recorded. What are ya gonna do? We took off with some excitement and speed but I quickly reminded myself to slow down and take a doable pace. I don’t like burning out early.
I knew the route so that made it easier. I wasn’t wondering how much farther I had to go. I could mark off distance by landmarks, running through a neighborhood I once lived in. It brought back nice memories and nostalgia.
We had light conversation while running. I enjoy “cleaning out my brain” when I run. The movement, rush of air through my body and over my body act like a shower almost, filtering and washing away debris from my mind. Putting air in so I can think more clearly. It definitely helps over the long term because I was feeling pretty blue today before the run but felt more lighthearted after and for the rest of the day. My anxiety died down too.
Well, this weekend we’re doing the Shamrock Run. About 5 miles. I’m going to either do 3 or 5 miles tomorrow, depending on how my legs feel, peak with mileage towards the middle of the weak then taper down.
Wish me luck!