I DID IT!!!!!
I tried to sleep well on Friday night, but that didn’t turn out very well. I woke up at 6 on Saturday morning with a stomach full of butterflies. I could barely feel my toes by the time the race started (although I’m not sure if that was nerves or the colder temperature). The second I picked up my foot to start, I was in my zone to get to the finish line. I didn’t have anyone to run with, but when there are nearly 2,000 other runners including 6 and 7 years-old, you get pretty motivated to keep going. I had read an article about breaking the race into 4 parts, each mile and the final 0.1 mile; I did this, and all of a sudden, I was looking at the official time clock at the finish line.
I had a few goals for the 5k, but nothing terribly difficult. I wanted to finish (check). I wanted to run the entire thing (almost check, only walked 2/10 mile). I thought I could finish in under 45 minutes (38:13!, check!). And finally, I was rewarding myself after the run with a mimosa and a pedicure (done and done).
I’m not sure I would call myself a runner per say, but I am really enjoying running and what it has added (or subtracted) to my life. I am incredibly proud of myself, and am looking forward to finding my next 5k.