Remember how I was worried that I wouldn’t finish the race? Remember how I was worried I would come in last? Remember how the fastest I could run on a treadmill was a 12-minute mile? Well. I have learned that I am a lot more awesome than I thought I was. I finished in 34 minutes and 47 seconds. That is WELL under what I thought I would finish at. I was 643rd out of 805 and 37th out of the 53 from my age group. Not too shabby for a beginner.
I ran the ENTIRE time. Well, except for the water station they had in the middle of the course. There were girls handing out cups of water and I grabbed one and threw water into my mouth. I realized as I started choking that there was ice in the cup with the water. Call me crazy, but isn’t that dangerous? Well – I decided to take a couple seconds to drink the water without running so I could avoid choking on more ice.
The first half-mile of the race was exhausting and I was convinced I’d fade out long before the half-way point, but after that half mile, it got much easier. I kept a VERY consistent pace and since I started at the back of the pack, I passed waaaay more people than passed me – which did wonders for my ego.
All in all? I’m thrilled. Everyone actually did really well. My Dad beat us all, of course. Luckily, he’s not one to rub it in. You had better believe that if I had come in first of our group I would have spent the rest of the day reminding everyone of that fact. MrZ ran the race 10 minutes faster than he did last year, so he is very proud of himself. LilZ finished the race saying, “Maybe next time – I’ll train a little bit first.” heh.
I think we’ll try to run more races in the future. Give us motivation to keep training. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m actually not too sore today. My Dad and I went on a 3 miles hike yesterday after the race, if you can believe it. Then we got up this morning and walked around downtown. Before we left, we asked MrZ if he wanted to come too. He politely declined and said, “What’s with all of the walking?” Ha! That’s just what my Dad and I do when we get together. Walk places.
The morale of the story: It is possible for anyone to get in shape enough to run a 5K. It is also possibly to eat 5000 calories worth of bagels in one day. But that’s a story for some other time.