I decided on a whim last week to register for the 5K race that was happening this weekend as part of a marathon in my town. It was a fundraiser for the local public school system, plus I just love to run and I hadn’t run in a race since last October. For those who don’t know, a 5K is a 5km race, or 3.1 miles for you American folk.
The race started at 7:30am, so I decided to set my alarm for 5:45 to allow plenty of time to eat, get ready, and walk down to the start of the race, which happened to be about 20 minutes away. Perfect warm-up, I’d say. 🙂
I woke up in the morning with a headache and a massive desire just to go back to sleep, even though I had been looking forward to the race ever since I signed up. Well, obviously I went, considering I paid for it and all.
Let’s just say I’m really glad I did it. 🙂 When I registered, I decided my own personal goal would be to finish the race in 27 minutes or less. I ended up clocking in a time of 25 minutes and 53 seconds, averaging 8 minutes 21 seconds per mile. Now, that isn’t a very fast time, but I was definitely proud of it as a personal achievement. I really want to work on my speed; training for distance is easy, but I need to look into ways to train for speed and find something that works for me. I also need to work out how to drink the water from the aid stations without stopping. Most runners don’t stop for the water. I tried and ended up pouring it in my eye!
Anyway, surprise surprise, I suppose the field wasn’t too deep because I ended up placing third in my age group (females aged 15-19). The top five finishers in each group received a medal and of course I was ecstatic. Here I am post-race!
The girl who was first in my age group was only 15 and had a time of 21 minutes 33.6 seconds. That’s an average of only 6 minutes 57 seconds per mile! I’m jealous and want to be like her.
Maybe one day if I work hard enough. 🙂 You know what, not “maybe”. I WILL become a faster runner.
Here’s to small successes and moving forward with new goals!