This is a long time coming… several people have asked about it, like this guy & this cool mom, and I’m sorry for the delay, but here it is: My post on my first 5K.
I’m so sad. 😦 I took videos to narrate my first 5K. It was funny and amateurish. And I realized the camera really does add that 10 lbs. I edited the video to shrink it (delete a lot of umms) and deleted the originals. Now I can’t get them to load. Not here. Not YouTube. I’m a techy moron. So, here’s the play by play script.
March 29, 2008 – Running to Beat the Blues 5K – My 1st Official Race
Let me preface this by saying, prior to this race I had only ran 5k one other time and that was on a treadmill. Only managed 1 mile outside because it was cold and I had a hard time with my lungs closing up. (Childhood asthma). I had also been having some right knee pain. So after talking to a few people I ended up with one of those strap things for a patella tracking issue.
Pre Game Show – The First Timer
- [Video fade in]
- [Music playing in background – Shot from dashboard on driver (me) Puffy face, swollen eyes & pink lip gloss] Seriously, this is what not to do to prepare for your first race. Stay up til 2:00 because of nerves. Have Oreo cheesecake for dinner the night before with a coffee from Starbucks. And the race starts at 7:30.
- [Pan to vehicle clock] It’s 7:11 a.m.
- [Pan back to driver] and I’m still driving. The only thing that I am doing right is listening to a little Van Halen
- [Pan to XM radio] 5150.
- [Pan back to driver] Wish me luck. (Loud sigh) I’m gonna need it.
- [Video fade out]
Pro Game Wrap Up – The First Timer
I forgot to bring an inhaler and forgot to put on the strappy thing for my knee. I guess the adrenaline was so high, that I wasn’t thinking clearly. According to my friend Kim, who was running with me for support, I started out running too fast. So she helped me set my pace at 12 min mile, which is what I was used to running at the gym. I had never ran anything faster than that so I thought it would be good.
After the first mile, I stopped about 15 sec for a swig of water & to stretch out my calves again. They will forever be tight. Then we just kept running. I was feeling sluggish at about 2.25, but with the end in site it was easier. So according to Coach Kim, I really needed to power out the last bit. I sucked up some air and did just that. People were clapping & cheering for us. I was like – wow, total strangers – that’s pretty darn awesome!
So, the results – I posted my best time ( I guess actually this is my only time, officially ~! ) and it was a total surprise. It felt so good! No, I take that back. Immediately after I crossed the finish line, I felt like I was going to puke. But after a few minutes, then it felt really good. No, I take that back. It felt incredible!
PLACE O'ALL NO. PlC NAME AGE GUN TIME CHIP TIME PACE City ST ===== ===== ==== === =============== ==== ===== ===== ===== ========= == 14 235 43 113 AMY HALLERAN 39 36:46 36:10 11:40 Nolensville TN
Can I tell you, I ate the best apple of my entire life afterwards. I could not believe how great that apple was. It was almost freaky. But I guess that’s the rush, the senses being open, the lift. I’m finally getting it. I was beaming when I shot the video, like nothing could’ve stopped me from taking on the world. It was such a defining moment. To accomplish something that I had always felt I was incapable of doing. I felt empowered and motivated and like I was on top of the world – and I was, I am.
Running has brought a new focus to my life. Which is so funny because I was always one of those that said I hate running. In fact, I said it the entire time I trained. But no more! Now I’m addicted. I have a hard time fitting it in training, but I feel bad if I don’t do it. Like I’m going to lose my ‘stuff’ or like I’m having a claustrophobic attack. I actually told my sister tonight that I had to run. I HAD TO! It was as elemental a feeling as breathing and walking and talking.
It’s something that I really need in my life right now. There are so many things in my life that are in a whirlwind. I need the ability to find focus and clarity and channel all the ‘stuff’ in a postitive direction. Running does that for me.
The next stop is to train appropriate following some advice and help from Rockstar Runners. My goal for this fall was to complete a 10K before my birthday. But I’m getting a push to train with a group for a half marathon in October held in San Fran that raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 2008 Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon. Gee! That’s twice the distance, but for such a good cause.
What do you guys think? 10K or Half Marathon for Cancer
Thanks to those who inspired me!
Now I’ve got to run 🙂