Yesterday, I finally did it. I ran my first 5K! My final time was 32:19.
Was I happy with my time? Not really. But I’m happy that I can finally say I ran a 5K! A few months ago, I couldn’t run for more than a minute or two without a walk break. I used to absolutely hate running and I never thought I’d ever be able to run a 5K, but I did!
It was actually probably one of my worst runs in terms of how I felt throughout it. I’m not sure what happened. Typical me, I planned out everything in hopes of feeling my best for the run, right down to my dinner the night before and what I had the morning of etc. I woke up feeling decent and was ready to run!
I got there early, walked around a bit and strapped on my ankle timing chip.
As a first time runner, I had no idea what I was doing. I actually asked one of the volunteers if I was supposed to stand towards the back of the line because it was my first time. He said it really didn’t matter, but I went ahead and stayed back anyways. It’s hard to see, but that’s me at the very back. I look a bit silly, but oh well!
The gun sounded and I was off! I’m not sure what my expression is at the start line – I almost look scared!
The first mile, I felt great! The only thing I had trouble with was figuring out how to pass people at times. I think the people behind me thought Luke was the event photographer heh :).
Then came mile 2. I was fine until I reached about 1.75 miles, and then I started feeling sick. I went ahead and took a short walk break and told myself I had to keep moving. When I only had about 3/4 of a mile left, I literally felt like I was going to pass out. I was dizzy and nauseous. I know when I’m about to faint, so I knew I had to take a walk break again, even with so little distance left to go. So I walked, and then I ran a tiny bit before feeling like I was going to pass out again. This continued for the remainder of the race.
I couldn’t believe it was happening. I put so much planning and effort into making sure I felt at my best, and for whatever reason, it didn’t work. I told myself I just had to finish the race and I’d have better luck next time. So when I was close to the end, I sprinted as fast as I could. I was actually surprised that I finished at 32:19. With all the walking I did, I thought I was going to be over 35 minutes. At least I finished with a pace of under 11 minute miles.
Like I said, I wasn’t too happy with my time, but I finished. It seemed like everything that could go wrong, with the exception of rain, did. My iPod shuffle even broke the night before the race! Luke went out and bought me an armband so that I could use my iPhone, and it ended up being too big for my arm, so I ran without music.
I ran without music, on a much hillier course than I expected, and feeling incredibly sick for the last mile. With that said, 32:19 doesn’t sound too bad! I can’t imagine me feeling that sick on a run if I do another race, so I’m pretty confident I can do better on my next 5K! Yep, I’m ready for number 2!
5K number 2 here I come!