First of all, I didn’t really intend on actually going to the 5k I had signed up for that was today because it was in Duluth (2 hrs away, where I go to school) and neither my mother or my father could go. I was afraid to go myself because it was the first 5k I’ve participated in, but this morning my dad woke me up and told me he convinced my brother to go with me. First off, if you know my brother, this was a shock in and of itself. SECONDLY, since I had not planned on going, I ran hard at the gym yesterday. Had I known I was actually going to follow through with participating in this 5k, I would have taken a rest day yesterday.
That being said, I have no regrets about going. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had in a long while, and the adrenaline pumping through my body was a fantastic wake-up call. Now, my time ended up being 30:24, which breaks it down to a 9:47 mile. I know it’s clearly not the best time ever, but it’s a lot better than I had expected for my first race, factoring in the circumstances of me driving for 3 hours, not having eaten for 7 (traffic, and no time to drive anywhere to eat), a hard gym workout the night before, and having little to no experience with running outside in extreme humidity.
I had highly considered running with no earbuds in and simply taking the course and the entire experience in, but for my first run, I had decided that a little musical motivation from my ipod couldn’t hurt. It was such a rewarding experience to be around people who enjoy running as much as I do (even if it’s only a couple of miles at a time). Every time I felt the need to give up and begin walking (which I admittedly gave into a couple of times for a few seconds), there was always someone on my tail, or a sign from a spectator that stated “dear EVERYONE, you can do it!”
Overall, I finish this night with sore feet and a motivated heart. No regrets, and I give you my word…this may be the first 5k I’ve run, but it will most certainly not be the last.