The Readers’ Workouts meme is hosted at Joy’s Book Blog. This is a place to share exercise successes and challenges.
Well, I have completed my 5k and I was able to achieve my goal of my time equal to my age. In fact I actually came in just under my age: 42 minutes, 55.7 seconds to be exact. I was last in my age group and third last overall but who cares — I FINISHED.
I spent the day spending time with my nieces and nephews both inside and outside; and by the time I had to start getting ready to leave for the race I was getting nervous and started to panic because, really, what had I gotten myself into? I can’t run 3 miles after a full day of running around after the little ones (those of you with children – God Bless You!). I briefly thought about bailing out, but because my brothers, their wives and their children had come a long way to support me, I knew I couldn’t do that so I put on my workout clothes and running shoes and we all headed to the race.
The race started at 7 pm and thankfully the sky was overcast, but it was still unseasonably hot and humid. My brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and my co-worker/coach lined up at the starting line with me, and when the starting gun sounded they stayed with me for a while but they eventually set off on their own pace — I wasn’t about to slow them down. Just before I hit the 1 mile mark I was really discouraged when I saw the first group of runners already heading back toward the finish line, but not long after that I saw my next door neighbors on the sidelines cheering for me, and that helped me a lot.
I walked more than I wanted to, I think because of the humid conditions, but I can confidently say I ran at least 2/3 of the course; most importantly I ran to the finish line, where my family and friends were there to cheer me through it. I was also greeted by this sign that my niece made:
I said that if it takes me running a 5k to get to see all my nieces and nephews at the same time I will do them a lot more often. I think I will give my running legs a break though and move to other cardio options for the fall and winter, and plan to run in the 5k my town puts on in the early spring.