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!!  🙂