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Monday, May 17, 2010

Mission Accomplished!


On Saturday I ran my first 5k in years. Unfamiliar with kilometers? Well, 5k is equal to 3.1 miles. This is a great distance for beginning runners, training for 6-9 weeks you should be able to do this distance, it is just long enough to run but you can get away with walking the entire distance too. I trained for the race for about 3 weeks BUT I have been exercising consistently for five or six months now and many years ago I was a runner. My body has felt good and when I did a long run on Wednesday I felt great. When I woke up Saturday morning I had tons of energy so I cleaned my room (actually I thought the a/c repair man was going to have to come into my room so I wanted it to be presentable- ahem). I later tried on different running outfits and no it was not a fashion show but we were running in skirts and I wanted to look cute and have a functional outfit.

I settled on my skirt with leggings and a tank top it had to be at least 86 degrees and I wanted to be unrestricted and cool as possible on my run. I arrived at the park about an hour and a half before the race began to pick up my microchip that records race time. That took no time at all so my husband and I walked around the park and chatted about the other runners. We saw some folks that looked ready to win the race and were gearing up with sprints beforehand. I watched as folks trotted by while I found a comfortable spot beneath trees to relax in. Race time came quickly and at the start line a childhood survivor of cancer spoke to us and thanked us for our participation in the race. A portion of the proceeds were going to the Rally foundation which conducts childhood cancer research. The young woman gave a very moving testimony and it definitely helped put everything in perspective.

About five minutes later the race began and we were off. I'd like to say it was easy but that would be a lie. It was hot as Hades out there and I felt the difference in my run immediately. I completed the first mile at a 9 minute pace but quickly slowed down as the heat overtook me. Although I hadn't planned on stopping at the water station, I had to because by mile 1.4 I was hot and thirsty. I changed my running plan from running the entire distance to running and walking up hills - I guess I could have pushed it but when it seemed like I could walk faster than I could run it made sense to just walk.

In this race the women had a 3 minute lead and men started catching up to me at about mile 1. Many of them were just racing by but this one guy was clearing having trouble. As he trotted beside me he grunted the entire way. I heard all of this because my iPhone app malfunctioned and I didn't have my music to motivate me. Next race I am just going to make a playlist on my iPod and keep it moving. Running in silence I kept my pace by listening to my breathing and the other folks huffing and puffing around me. By the time I reached the last hill of the race I decided to run for it, I knew the race was almost over because I was familiar with the course.

Church bells were ringing so I knew it was 6 o'clock and I hadn't finished the race in 30 minutes but I was so close I pushed it. As I viewed the finish line and clock in the distance I ran downhill in perfect form (I know this because my husband made fun of me and said watching me run he could hear Chariots of Fire playing in the background!) and crossed the finish line before the two men that were running by my side.


I immediately walked to the refreshment stand to get something to drink, it was funny because all during the race my bladder was protesting but when the race was over I no longer had the urge to pee. Perhaps it was nerves but next time no drinking for me during the last hour before a race!

After my husband found me I got a icy cold beer and a chipoltle veggie sandwich.

I drank the beer and ate the sandwich- happy but a little disappointed that I didn't run the entire race. I changed my tune and decided to just be happy that I finished the race and now have a goal to run the entire time for the next one. My official time - 32.08 and I ran at a 10:21 pace.

Overall I am excited that I finished the race, I was far from exhausted and I will continue to train for the next one. 6 months ago I doubt I could have run five minutes - the weight was just too much for my body to bare and now, I am running races and looking forward to it. Sometimes I forget how far I have truly come and have to remind myself to celebrate the victories. And this 5k was indeed a victory!

20 comments:

Jen said...

We put so much pressure on ourselves!!!! Great job. Now you have a goal to beat next time.

I have never had a beer right after I finished a race... not sure I could.

I do not run with head phones but just concentrate on my breathing, my form and giving positive encouraging words to those who pass me.

You looked great.

Naomi said...

Well, if it's any consolation I am totally impressed! You have done some amazing things over the past few months and this is no exception. I know it must be a huge mental hurdle to surpass, along with a physical challenge. But YOU RAN A RACE! No matter how you paced yourself, you completed something awesome and challenging and you are a total superwoman. Woo-hoo!!!

Boston Mamas said...

SO proud of you friend! And you look so strong and rocking in these photos! xoxo Christine

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

The best about pictures is:
One can compare with others Oh I am good or I need to work hard, S/He requires attention towards health etc. etc.
And I am sure you must have found yourself one of the fittest.
Congratulations.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Congratulations, Renee! You have really been such an inspiration to so many people, I follow your posts about healthy living and walk or run-you are a winner and should be proud. And kudos to you on a husband who knows beer is an essential part of celebrating success!

~Lori~ said...

Doood! You rock! Hands down! Congrats on your 5k!

YouthfulTips said...

Congratulations on the race! You are my idol as I couldn't do that ... yet!

http://youthfultips.blogspot.com

MrsFatass said...

You did it! And I'm so glad I'm not the only one who occasionally celebrates exercise achievements with beer.

Wifey said...

Yay and Congratulations! Great race-recap, it looks and sounds like you had a great time!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

MarciaG said...

WOW!!! Great job and thanks for the recap!! I think I do the races for the post-race beer! Love that!

Trish said...

Woo Hoo!! WTG!!!!

YUMMama said...

Wow. Congrats. I'm a former runner turned mom and I know it must have felt great to finish that race. I have to say that I felt quite inspired by this piece to get back into shape myself.

I'm sure that as you continue to train your body, the next race will be a breeze.

bookieboo said...

Wow, you are my hero today! XXOO YOu go girl!

Losing in the City said...

congrats on accomplishing this goal.. running is so hard for me, i try to get into it and then i stop... very inspiring.. can't wait to hear about the next race..

kia said...

Victory!! Great job Renee, and this is such a fun race to compete in.

RobynsOnlineWorld said...

Woohoo! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

that is fabulous. Think of it this way, you were going almost 6 miles per hour. That isn't too bad in my book. Congrats on entering and completing the 5k, because I think sometimes the entering part is the hardest. WTG!!!!

NotARunnerButImTrying said...

THATS SO AMAZING.
seriously.
Id never have had the gumption :) to enter anything (I hadnt before) if Disney hadnt dragged my notsocutiebootie into doing it.
shall we meet there in 2011? :)

The Maniacal Matron said...

Congrats on your 5K!!!

I started training but hurt my knee so I'm having to rest. I can't wait to start training again!

I'm ready for my first 5K! Well mentally I guess haha

Christy {Home-Mom} said...

great motivational victory! My dream is to begin running again, shed some weight, and feel better.

I miss that running to your breathing and the stomping of your feet.
Christy Home-Mom.com

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