The Race Report!!

Wow you guys. I did it.  I can’t believe I did it!!!  Squeeee!!!!!!

I did a lot of nervous eating early in the evening last night, but I shut that down because I knew it wasn’t good for me, so instead I drank a bunch of water (which lead to the 3am call from nature).  I probably didn’t get as much sleep as I should have, but I was a little bit wired before bed and couldn’t make my brain shut down.  I got up early and ate a PB&J and an orange and then went to meet my friend Lynn who was walking the 5k.  We got there way early so we had plenty of time to visit the bathroom and walk around and talk to some of the other participants.

Is this not the most boring race report ever so far???

Anyway, I was getting super nervous right before the race because I was hoping to just get lost in the crowd of runners, but there were probably only 75 runners/walkers who showed up for this race and I briefly considered just walking with Lynn, but then I thought about all the training I did, and I didnt’ want that to be a waste, so I went ahead and ran. I made my way to the back of the pack, turned on my music, waited for the starting gun, and off we ran!  The first song up on my mp3 was U2’s Desire, and it was PERFECT. I actually got goosebumps when we started because I was so excited!!

I took several walk breaks, but I made sure that I didn’t wuss out and walk more than I ran.  I know for a fact that I ran most of the course, and at the times when I started to feel like I couldn’t do it anymore, there was a volunteer cheering me on, or a cool breeze, or a wonderful lovely water station to keep me going.  I thought I was at the back of the pack, but I think I ended up kind of in the middle – there were several people behind me the whole time, so I guess I did better than I thought.

When I saw that the finish line was in sight, I was so happy and couldn’t believe that I was actually going to finish!!  My 2 goals for this race were to a) finish, and b) finish in under 45 minutes.  I accomplished both!  My official time was…..

36:21 !!!!!!

That’s not too bad, right?  For my first race?  What is that, like a 12 minute mile?  Not too shabby if I do say so myself!!  🙂  I was really surprised at my time.

I think it was a great first race – not too much pressure, not too many people. The volunteers were great and I gotta say, that was the best tasting banana I’ve ever had right after I finished the race!

After a banana, an orange slice, and 2 bottles of water, Lynn and I went to a coffee shop and had a small coffee and the most delectable scone EVER. Totally worth it.  🙂

So, 3 things I learned:

  • Wear shorts next time. My track pants were just way too hot and sticky!
  • Take the earphones out when they call out your time. I almost didn’t hear what my time was!
  • 2 sports bras, a tank top, a t shirt and a race shirt is WAY TOO MANY FREAKIN LAYERS!!!!

And finally, 3 things I will never, ever take for granted again:

  • Shady trees
  • Cool breezes
  • Downhill slopes

I gotta admit, I am super proud of myself.  It’s been a long time since I have set out to do something and actually did it!  What a great feeling!

Such a great feeling, that I’ve already signed up for another 5k in June. June Bug Jog, here I come!!  🙂

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14 thoughts on “The Race Report!!

  1. AHhhh, you SHOULD be so proud, you did it. You put your mind to it and followed thru. That is so great! Now go and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  2. That is SO AMAZING! You rock! Do you totally feel like a “real” runner now? I think I’d probably be pounding energy gels and subscribing to Runner’s World if I ran a race… any race! 🙂

  3. OMGOSH Jill!!! Iam so proud and excited for you. That is a FANTASTIC time, IMO.

    And so glad you had a friend there to celebrate with, and with a scone, too!

    And I am not surprised that you signed up for another. I kinda thought you might get the bug. haha june bug race… (I HATE june bugs though, especially when they get in the house.)

  4. That’s awesome! Congrats on finishing the race in great time. I can’t wait to hear all about the June Bug Jog.

    I really should get my butt of the elliptical once in a while and start that C25K program. You’re making me jealous and got me thinking running can be fun 😉

  5. CONGRATS! I always love hearing the exhilaration after someone’s first race 🙂 Here’s to your next one in June!!!

  6. Yay JILL!

    Congrats! That’s awesome and you should be MAJORLY proud of yourself.

    I have it on my list for this year to run one 5k race and damn it, I will!

  7. Yay you!!!! What a great first race. I’ll have to add that U2 song to my running list. I have a lot of their other songs on there (& of course, some Duran Duran, too).

    I never sleep well before a race. Must be the anticipation. My first half marathon I think I got like 5 hours of sleep. Why is it I can get up at 5 am for a race but I can’t get up for work at 6 am? 🙂

    Great job girl. So proud of you!

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