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I Did It!

Sorry it took me so long to post, but I was recovering from the excitement/nervousness of the day’s activities!

I finished my 5k in 32:59. Not quite under 30 minutes like I had hoped, but really the goal was finishing and not walking. I ran the entire time! I was very proud of myself. There were some bigtime runners doing the race, as it was a training meet for the big fall marathons, so I felt all the more accomplished running with them.

I didn’t get any sleep last night. I forced myself to sleep at 1 (it’s the earliest I could do…HONEST!) and tossed and turned for the next 5 hours before getting up to eat some breakfast. My body was like “dude, what are you doing running at this hour?!” So given the circumstances, I’d say I did pretty well!

I was very excited to finish the race with my always supportive mom watching in the stands watching and taking pictures. She told me that there was this man in the stands behind her — that obviously didn’t know we were related — that was going on and on about how hot I was as I was running towards the finish line. After I ran straight to my mom, she said he quickly disappeared. Funny story, but always makes you feel good when you hear stuff like that! I can’t recall the last time I was called “hot”!

So for my encore, I’m thinking an October 5k and preferably a night run. I train at night (after 9PM), so I’d like to see how I do when I race at that time. My body is just not wired for the AM hours. I’m a night owl.

I’ll keep y’all posted. If you’ve made it through the Couch to 5k plan and have run (or will run) a 5k, leave me a comment to share! I definitely want to hear about some of the people I may have helped with my podcasts!

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I Think I Found My 5K Race!

2008 Columbus Half Marathon/5K

2008 Columbus Half Marathon/5K

After months of searching, I think I may have found the 5K where I’ll make my racing debut!

The first one I saw was the Columbus Crew 5K. That really jumped out at me because you get a ticket to a Crew Game (MLS soccer) as part of your goody bag. My family and I have been saying we’d like to get to a game since the team came to Columbus many years ago, but haven’t. That would be a perfect excuse to go! However, the drawback is that it’s this Saturday, August 16th. I don’t think I’m ready and the $40 entry fee is a lot just to see if I’m ready to race. But who knows! I may decide on Friday that I want to go ahead and try! Stay tuned!

So, I decided to keep looking and stumbled upon the Columbus Half Marathon/5K on August 24th at Dublin Jerome HS. Dublin is a lot closer to where I live than Columbus Crew Stadium. Score 1 point. The date of this race gives me another week to solidify my training and finish the final week of the Couch to 5k training program (I run Wed-Fri-Sun). Score another point. My parents already said they’d come and support me during this run. It’ll be easier for all in Dublin, so there’s another pro. Finally, the entry fee is cheaper!

I think I’ve found my 5k! And I’m not going to stop at that one. Chances are that I’ll run another one in September and October with the goal of trying to improve whatever my time was at each event.

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