I ran my first 5k race on Saturday. The weather was lovely and it was a great day for a run.
Linnie and I sprinted to the finish line. I misjudged the distance and started sprinting earlier than I meant to and as we approached the finish I was almost out of gas and concentrating very hard on not falling on my face.
We did it! Around mile 2 I was very tempted to take a break and walk but I stuck with it and ran the whole way. It helped a lot to have Linnie running with me. When I was starting to feel like I wouldn't be able to make it she would pick someone out up ahead and then we would focus on passing them. For me so much of running is mental and as a beginner having encouragement along the way makes a big difference.
The kids and N's cousin made a very sweet sign and waited at the finish line to cheer for us.
So far I haven't been able to bring myself to throw the sign away. Maybe I'll hang it up in my sewing room.
My time was 32:52 which averages to 10:36 a mile. I'm happy that I set this goal and accomplished it. As someone who has never run before this experience has given me a boost of confidence that my body is stronger than I usually give it credit for.
My new goal is to get faster and improve my time. N says that if I want to do another 5k he'll run with me next time which sounds fun.
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