Monday, May 30, 2011

PriorFatPack 5k

Last night the Priorfatpack gathered for a potluck to psych us all up for this morning.  This morning was our 5k.  For some of us it was our first.  For some of us it another 5k in a string of them, but each of us came this morning not only to accomplish something for ourselves but to cheer on others too.

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!

13 comments:

Misty said...

Awesome Job today!!!!

Melinda said...

Congrats to you all!

Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

Proud of you, Liz!

Jeni said...

That's awesome! So glad you have a great support group, it can really make all the difference.

Emma said...

Yay, Liz! Congrats! I hope you get to have an awesome nap now!

Emma said...

Yay, Liz! Congrats! I hope you get to have an awesome nap now!

Valerie said...

Congrats, Liz!!! That's fantastic.

JP said...

It doesn't take much to be a runner, you've just gotta run. Even if its for a minute at a time. Glad I could join you for this one. Hopefully you avoided by black bean salsa cloud i left in my dust!

Ann said...

Liz - you did SO GREAT and I am so proud to have seen you finish that 5k!!

Bonnie@TheFragileXFiles said...

That looks so fun!

Sarah - Fat Little Legs said...

Great job Liz! I am so proud of you! And you never know... I said I would NEVER be a runner a for about 30 some years of my life, and found myself running 40+ minutes at a time.

Marie said...

I love it Liz! Way to go ladies!

MommytoZoeandAva said...

Liz - it was so great to see you this weekend! I am so proud of you - a Personal Best! Keep rocking it Liz - you are a runner already!