Yesterday Pete and I ran in our very first 5K. The race I chose for us to start out on was called the Walnut Beach Ice Cream 5K. (Get it?? That why the title of this post is "5K Sundae" instead of "5K Sunday".) Every participant got a free ice cream cone - although I was disappointed to find out that the cones weren't handed out at the finish line. Instead, we need to bring our race bibs to the creamery, where they'll give us our cones.
We've been using the Couch to 5K program to train, and just finished our last session on Friday. So we were nervous, but we hoped we were ready.
In retrospect, I'm pretty sure we weren't. Oh my goodness, it was HARD. Much harder than our normal training runs. In the end, Pete ran the whole thing without any walking breaks. His time was 35:54 and he placed 300th out of 337 runners. I needed to walk a few times, but I think I tended to psyche myself out and I probably didn't really need to walk as much as I did. But I let the negative thoughts in my head convince me that I couldn't do it, and at one point I even muttered "I suck" under my breath. In the end, I finished 322nd out of the 337 runners, with a time of 39:55.
As tough as it was, I have to admit I did okay. My goal had been to finish somewhere between 40 and 45 minutes. I just eked in under my goal. And I learned some great things that I think will help me next time - such as don't listen to the doubting voices in my head. I'm going to sign us up for a few more 5Ks through out the fall, and I'm hoping to get my finish time down to 35 minutes.
Up next is an informal 5K in Central Park on Friday in conjunction with BlogHer! I signed up for the 6:15 am slot - which seemed like a good idea since I'm slow, but also seems like a bad idea because I'll be so tired. I'm not really worried about meeting any time goal for this run, I just want to do it and have fun. At least I have a cute new top to wear for the occasion!
K.C. looks like she isn't quite sure she approves. After all, it is blatant self-promotion of my diabetes blog!