Swampers 5k, I Did It!

April 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm 4 comments

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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰

I’m off to bed early tonight friends! I’m feeling extra sleepy and think I deserve a good night’s sleep. πŸ™‚ Have a great Saturday night and weekend everyone!


Entry filed under: Diet and Exercise, Life, Running.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lori McKelvey  |  April 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Congrats Grace! You’ll reach 10k status in no time! You run in the exact same pair of Nikes as me πŸ™‚ love my Frees. Phil 4:13.

  • 2. Shellie Smith  |  April 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    AWSOME, You done GREAT!!!! I am doing my first 5K in June at 39 and four kids later, but I have no excuse they are all older than 14. I think you done great time for your first race!!

  • 3. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy  |  April 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Great job! Congrats!

  • 4. May Goals! | Eat, Sweat, Sing  |  May 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    […] 5. Run my first 5K!!! CHECK!!!! Read my raceΒ recap here! […]


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Hello, I'm Grace! I'm a 24 year old living in a small town in Alabama. I'm married and have the most amazing job teaching music to elementary students. I blog about healthy eating, exercising, running, and the random things that happen in my life. I've recently completed my second half marathon and can't wait to pursue that 26.2!

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