Here’s a topic that I am so incredibly excited to blog about: today is my 1 year runniversary! 1 year ago today I ran in my very first 5k! Typing those words still makes me so proud! Since then I’ve run 8 races varying in length, but you never forget your first.
I started running last summer because I went for nightly walks on the multi-use trail at Ridley Creek State Park with (my then fiance) Andrew, and I always saw people running and thought, “I wonder if I could do that”. I decided one day that I would try to run a mile, and to my surprise I did it! I slowly increased my milage, bought a cheap watch to time myself, and started making running a serious part of my life. After being able to run 3 miles without stopping, I began thinking about running a 5k. It had always been a secret goal of mine to run one, and I knew at that point I could physically do it. I looked online and by chance found an upcoming 5k in Ridley Creek State Park – the very park where I was running every day! I worried about it for days – I’m not a real runner, I don’t know how races work, I’m so new, what if I can’t finish – but eventually I convinced myself to sign up. And on October 7, 2012 I became a finisher in the Second Annual Power Run for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. I finished in 32:20 and came in 81 out of 113. So not only did I finish, I wasn’t last place! The race was mentally tough for me, and I learned that running near 113 other people is different than running alone. I also learned how important it is to pace yourself in the beginning and not go out too strong 🙂 But the most important thing I learned is that I am a runner!
Tell me about your first 5k! Were you really nervous? How long ago was it?