Saturday, April 12, 2008

My first 5K

Even though I’m training for a marathon, I had never actually run in a real race…until today. I entered in a local 5K race because it sounded like it would be fun. (And I needed to run today anyway.) The best part about it was that I had a surprise guest runner join me: Husband! Usually my only running partner is my MP3 player, so it was great to have him run with me. And, as a bonus, Husband pretended that the slow pace I set was actually fast enough for him. The weather was pleasant, and it was a good run. We finished behind all of the fast runners yet (thankfully) before the walkers. We didn’t win anything. Surprisingly, they don’t award prizes for mediocre runners. But, if they had, I know we would have totally won. I would have especially won something in my category: completely unathletic women that are attempting to run a marathon this fall. I know I have many miles to go. But, I can also appreciate how far I’ve come. I actually decided it would be a good idea to get up early on a Saturday and go running. I also thought the whole thing would be fun. And it was!


Nicole said...

way to go! once you start "racing" (as i call it) you'll be hooked!

Mike Fox said...

Tootie - You DID win today. You made it to your first race, you got to the starting line and you crossed the finish line. That is more than sooo many others out there and you should be proud of yourself!

As John Bigham said, "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start"

Keep on racing!

Michelle said...

My first (and only) race was the Army Ten Miler in Oct 2006. Hubby ran with me and also pretended that I was running at a fast enough speed. Very sweet!

wendy said...

Good job! I have only run in one race, too. But I'm planning to enter a local race in a few weeks. Apparently the prize for finishing is a pineapple! I can't wait! (although my husband pointed out that it would be cheaper to just buy yourself a pineapple...)

Thanks for the motivation!

Playful Professional said...

You know I've actually only run in three races my entire life. All three were half marathons and some of the best experiences of my life. There really is just a thrill to running with a bunch of other people and enjoying something together. Congrats on making it so far!

Ann M. said...

That is so awesome!

Hooray for finishing before all the walkers :)