My First 5K

Our first 5k was April 21st. I’ve been super busy with work, so I’m just now posting about this. This was a very very interesting experience. We had 2 goals. #1 Run the Entire Way. #2. Run it in 40 minutes. FOR US, these are big goals. We just became “runners” & this was our first race EVER. I had no idea what to expect. Traffic was horrible, parking was difficult & we had no idea what to do with that tab on the bottom of our race number. Turn it in? Or leave it attached?

There were over 15,000 run/walkers. We wound up near the front (big mistake) because we couldn’t find the rest of our group. The greatest coach in the history of running, Arkansas Razorback John McDonnell, started the race & we were off…

Quickly we realized that WE ARE SLOW!! We slowly made our way through the start & to the right side, passing the walkers as we slowly came up on them. When we turned to head down the first hill, we saw runners that were ALREADY near the first mile!! I was amazed!! I was in awe! How are they running THAT fast? We continued on our “snails” pace to the first mile only to realize as she shouted out the times, that our first mile was 3 minutes faster than our USUAL first mile!!! This was crazy! No wonder why we were so tired! We immediately slowed to a walk. Running this whole thing was out the window because we had been so excited by the start of the race that our bodies began to quit. Friday, before the race, Katie began to feel a little sick. After the first mile, we were both sweating like crazy and I was burning up. Katie was “freezing.” She was obviously not feeling very well. She was sick (and still is getting over it). We walked for about 2 or 3 minutes and then decided to run again. We made it to our second mile still one minute faster than normal. There was a big hill coming up just before the finish & I knew we would need that minute to make it there with in our 40 minute goal.

As we rounded the corner to meet the hill, we grabbed our first water and slowly began up the hill. At the very top, we both walked to stretch our legs a little and then ran the rest of the way home. We made sure that we finished together and I looked at my watch to see 40 MINUTES!

WE DID IT! With our “way to fast start”, cold sweats & fever, tied tummies, cramping calves, & all!

Overall it was a pretty miserable first experience. We got there late because we accidentally slept 30 minutes later than we wanted. We didn’t get a good breakfast. We had greasy food the night before. We didn’t have much time to stretch. We started WAY to fast. The Race start was poorly organized. The finish wasn’t marked well, the water was too crowded & wasn’t spread out (just one small table at 2 locations). We started to close to the front. & We didn’t get ANYTHING for finishing.

I know it was a “charity” race, but it seems like so much more time was spent on the corporate sponsorship than telling the runners where to go and what to do. We are going with lower expectations of “race organization” next time & with a better idea of what time to get to a race & what to do when we get there.

We are excited to run again… now that we know what to expect.

Our stats:
Distance: 5k
Time: 40 Minutes
Pace: 12:26
MPH: 4.66

After the race, with Katie’s sickness & my bad knees we took the week off to rest and rehab. The next day after the race, I had to walk several neighborhoods for work which I calculated right around 7 – 8 miles of walking (not counting trips to the doors & back). My legs were ACHING!