- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
… and lived to tell about it!
I’ve been running anywhere from 1.5 – 2.5 miles a couple times a week, but knew I wasn’t as ready as I could’ve been. Six of my more in-shape friends ran the 5k as well. The starting line was daunting. The herd mentality got to me and I ended up pushing harder and running faster in my first mile than I meant to – when we crossed mile 1 and I saw that I did it 2 MINUTES FASTER than my fastest mile, I figured I was done for. I kept running. I didn’t see mile 2, and since I’d left my ipod at home I was alone with my thoughts, my pounding feet, my death-rattle wheezing and a total lack of knowing where I was and how far I had to go.
The event was a benefit for animal rescue, so there were dogs running with people too. I was passed by a miniature dachshund in a hot dog costume and that damaged my ego. I later passed them but still… I was schooled by a hot dog. ! Then I get passed by a 90 year old man speed-walking. Good for him. Bad for me.
We run down to a ravine, and up to turn around on a hill that was so steep I would’ve had more success crawling on all fours. Many of the runners pooped out. Not me, I powered through and surrendered to walk after my way down. Walked for 30 seconds, started running again.
Turn the corner, someone shoves water in my hand and says I’m “doing great! Only 1/3 mile to go!” A third of a mile, no big. But then I look up and it’s nothing but uphill, I can’t even see the finish because it’s far off in the distance and over the crest of the hill. Whoever decided to end a 5k with two insane uphills is a masochist.
Up, up, up I go, passing others who had surrendered to walking. I see the finish and I get a surge of adrenaline – this was it! I’d been fantastizing about this moment for months! I somehow manage to sprint? and am running through the finish and crash into my friends who hand me bananas.
I did it. 36:13, with a personal record for the first mile. Seems pretty slow but considering the hills and what not, I’m pleased. I have nothing but the most admiration for those who run half, full, and ultra marathons. I dont know how you do it.
LOOOOOOOONG story short – if you’re even considering a 5k, sign up. Just do it. The feeling of crossing that finish line was like none other, and if I can do this, anyone can.