Monday, May 30, 2011
It is funny, I walked more of this 5k than I did on my 5k last year but I finished in a faster time. Somewhere around 56 minutes (final times are posted yet). If it is under 56:33 it is a personal best, and I'm not even subtracting for the time it took to get to the actual start line since I was in the back of the racing group.
I'm not going to lie. It is still SO hard for me to do. Over and over again I wanted to quit. Or at least stop and rest, but I didn't. I didn't run too much, my legs just felt too heavy to do a lot but I kept up my walking pace the whole time. I must have as I averaged about an 18 minute mile.
But what made this special for me, besides being the second one I've ever done, was that I was with people who support me and each other in their journey. Being healthy, losing weight, running a race is so challenging, but here we were a whole group of people inspiring one another to push further. These people are becoming true true friends and they keep me wanting to improve myself. I may never be a "runner" but in part thanks to them I am definitely a "5k-er"
I'll post more pictures and some official times later this week. Right now the shower and possibly a nap are calling to me (hopefully the toddler will nap for a LONG time!) And in case I don't say it enough, thank YOU for all the support you've given me here blogland. It keeps me going when I want to quit.
This just in: My official time was 55:48, minus whatever time it took me to cross the actual starting line at the beginning. A new personal best and a nice benchmark for my 5k at St. Olaf on Saturday!