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!