Monday, July 9, 2012

My First 5K

Yesterday I ran my first official 5K!  I know it is hard to believe that I have been running for 9 years and never raced a 5K, but that is the truth.  (The Color Run was a 5K, but I happily walked that with my friend Elizabeth). 

But, before I go into all the details, I wanted to share what I did on Saturday, for the two of you that care. 

It was super busy.  I worked in the morning, had family over for lunch,

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played all afternoon,

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and went on a boat ride in the evening. 

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All day Saturday the race in the morning was on my mind.  I just didn’t feel like running it.  I signed up for the race in December and figured I would find someone else to run it with me, but the date sort of snuck up on me. 

I tried just about every excuse in the book, but they all failed me:

  • It would be too hot – Kansas City had a “cold front” that changed the high from the mid-100’s to the lower 90’s.
  • Dan was sick and shivering Saturday night – Sunday morning he was cured.
  • I would sleep in and “forget to set my alarm” – I woke up on my own just in time.
  • The boat was parked behind my car – Dan’s keys were in his car and all I had to do was inch it forward. 

Finally, I sucked it up and went.  The word “quitter” was in the back of my mind and I didn’t like it.  Also, I knew this was a rare race opportunity.  The All Star Game is in Kansas City this week and that doesn’t happen very often.

All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike

I wanted to represent the city I love.

When I arrived all of my reservations went away.  I loved seeing all the families together and people running for a good cause. 

The race started late – because there were so many people (about 15) who gave us a little to motivational speech.  However, the majority of the race was great.  I loved seeing all of the fountains in downtown Kansas City.  The hills were welcomed by my treadmill spoiled legs and although it was hot, there was a pretty steady wind. 

That was until the end.  When I rounded the corner to the finish line I thought about sprinting, but soon couldn’t because the person in front on me came to a dead stop about 100 yards in front of the line.  Apparently there was a bottleneck with people crossing the finish line and not getting out of the way.  I stood there shoved in between hundreds of sweaty people who had just run 3 miles with no wind and temperatures reaching 90* and watched THREE MINUTES pass on the clock before I could cross the finish line.  At one point I thought I was going to pass out. 

However, soon enough, I got my medal, grabbed a bottle of water, and got the heck out of there.

The rest of the day was spent running around (without my camera) to the farmer’s market and then to the All Star Futures Game and Celebrity Softball game.  I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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5 comments:

  1. Eak! I thought about running this race, glad I didn't after reading this. Waiting to cross the finish line would not have been cool.

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    1. It was no fun at all! I think they had the situation fixed quickly, but my pace was the unlucky group. :)

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  2. Really LOVING the sideburns and cut off button-up Dan has on in the boat picture...

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    1. He cut the sleeves off that shirt right after I bought it. I was furious! :) I think dealing with him will give me good practice for my future children! Ha!

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  3. I did a Santa 5K in December that ended like that, in a standstill.

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