Runner's Alley / Red Hook 5k!

So, I ran a 5k yesterday!

Me before running my first 5k.
My first 5k!

Words can't describe how great I feel after the race yesterday. Crossing that finish line was one of the best feelings ever, and I'm proud of myself for being able to run 3.1 miles without giving up. Seriously, today's race has me PUMPED and ready for more!

I discovered I LOVE LOVE LOVE running with so many people on the road at the same time. LOVE it. I love reading people's funny shirts, hearing bits of music from other's headphones, and listening to others encourage each other to keep it up and keep on going! I also kind of loved people cheering for us on the sidelines. Talk about motivation!

I loved it so much that I didn't even compare myself to the other runners around me (Am I running too slow? How's my breathing? OH NO that stroller is going faster than me!), so I rocked the first mile and didn't have to stop to walk until after the first mile marker. This made me happy. I felt strong the next two miles, too, though I had to stop to walk for 15 second intervals a few times. I started getting tired at the end, but I made sure to reserve some energy to run to the finish!

Oh, the finish. As soon as I rounded the corner, people cheered me on! I started feeling very nauseous as I was finishing, but I focused on the line in front of me and running to the finish. I felt SO proud of myself as I crossed the finish line. SO PROUD. Ted finished a few seconds after me; he rocked his, as well!

  • Place: 1525/2038
  • Division: 283/398
  • Time: 35:04 (YAY!!)
  • Pace: 11:17

So, not the fastest run ever, but still. It's MY fastest run ever. A few months ago I couldn't run ONE mile, much less 3.1, so I'm proud of myself.

After we finished, we partook in the goodness that is free beer (after pounding a whole lot of water, of course). Oh, yes. We definitely earned this beer today.

Me enjoying a beer after my 5k.
Beer after my first 5k, of course!

I am SO EXCITED about running. I want to go and sign up for ALL THE RACES now. Seriously. I'm looking forward to running many more 5Ks this summer and hopefully sign up for a 10K this fall! I'm very happy with how I did and look forward to doing even better in the future!