Monday, June 17, 2013

First 5k!

That's me is florescent yellow, alll sweaty, with a medal around my neck!

So, my first 5k was two Sundays ago and it was both difficult and fun.  Difficult because I had a stitch in my lung for the first 2 miles (I think because in my excitement I forgot to breathe properly at the beginning).  Fun because I did it with two friends both of whom are over five years younger than me and also because my sweet husband and children cheered me on at mile 1, mile 2 and even at the finish line where I was met with a bouquet of flowers!

My goal was to run the whole thing without stopping, to not finish last, and to run close to 30 minutes.  I did all three.  I listened to music the whole time so that I could pace myself and, according to my music, I ran it in about 33 minutes and 17 seconds.  So, my new goal is to run my next 5k in under 30 minutes!

I have in my hot little hand about 6 flyers for upcoming races.  I plan to do a 1 mile dash with my 12.5 year old soon and another 5k in July and another again in August.  I am amazed that I can do this because of my asthma, my parachuting knee injury and because of the aches and pains that come as I get older.  But I'm doing it and I'm proud of myself for doing it.

Now, about that hydration thing.  My score for the two weeks was 185 out of a possible 420.  I only hydrated sufficiently 2 times, exercised 10, F&Vs 11.  Clearly,  I have some headway to make with hydration.  I would clearly make hydration my hardest again the next go round.


  1. HOW EXCITING! Look at you grinning from ear to ear! The shades and that smile make you look like Sammy. More races ahead- it's so smart to have something to work toward.

    Did I do my points wrong? I thought we were not counting Father's Day...?

  2. Way to go, what an awesome accomplishment!!! Though I have to admit this post makes me feel like a really slow runner. I ran my first 5K in 38 minutes and I have never finished one under 30 minutes(I'll just chalk it up to short legs;-)). On a positive note it did make me want to go for a run and sign up for a 5K.

    Can't wait to hear about your next one.