Swampers 5k, I Did It!
I DID IT! I ran my first 5k today! I was so nervous when I woke up this morning because I made a few too many unhealthy food choices yesterday and thought it would effect my abilities. But I never felt bad, so I guess no harm was done!
I started my morning with a cup of coffee and a clif kid z bar for some running fuel. Then me and Chad went to the school gym to pick up my race bag.
I was pretty excited!
This race used chips to track our times that we attached to our shoes. It was pretty spiffy.
I stopped at the bathroom one last time before heading down to the starting line.
There were over 400 people running this morning!
Then, we were off!
The race started out awesome, but I could tell I was running a little faster than normal. But, I kept it up for as long as I could. When I reached the 1st mile marker, I saw that my time was 9:30 which is almost a minute better than normal. This pumped me up, and I was able to keep this pace all the way to the 2nd mile marker where my time was 19:20! I was so excited, but that’s when I could feel my energy draining. I’m not going to lie, that last mile was hard, but I pushed myself until I saw that finish line. I could see the time was at 29:30ish and wanted to be under 30 minutes so bad, so a took off and sprinted across the line! My final time ended up being 29:43 and I placed 8th out of 18 in my division!
Chad was able to find me once, and it was when I sprinted to the finish line!
Yay me! I felt so awesome afterwards (well, after I could breath again).
I took a celebratory picture with my personal photographer.
Then I found my sweet cousin Tess, who placed 2nd in her division!
And here we are wit my aunt Lisa too!
I look like a GIANT next to them.
I also had some orange slices and granola bars along with all the water I was chugging. It was such a fun morning, and cannot wait to race again!! Of course, now I want to train for even longer runs! I see a 10k or possibly 1/2 marathon in the distant future!
I’m off to bed early tonight friends! I’m feeling extra sleepy and think I deserve a good night’s sleep. Have a great Saturday night and weekend everyone!