Saturday, 4 August 2012

Sweating my thorns off 5k race report

Today is probably a day I'll remember for a long time, because for the first time in my life I ran 3.1 miles!  I cannot even believe that just a little over seven weeks ago I was a walker, not a runner.  I had tried running previously, but gave up quickly because it was hard work.  Discovering the C25K programme changed all of that and I discovered - hey, I can run!  I just want to say a special thank you to Adam at The Boring Runner for hosting the Sweat Your Thorns Off 5k virtual race!  He really gave me the motivation I needed to just get out there and do it!

So, this morning came and went and the weather here has been up and down - raining one minute, sunny the next.  I looked at the forecast and decided that I would do the race later in the afternoon.  I had lunch and then wanted to wait at least two hours after that for the race.  I drank a lot of water this morning to make sure I was properly hydrated - which means I literally spent most of the morning in the toilet! sorry TMI!  3:30pm came and I headed out.

I decided to start by walking one loop of the field next to our house - this was my warm up because I didn't want to start the run totally cold.  In all my 5k training, I've always started with a 5 minute warm up walk and I think this is an excellent idea.  I finished that quickly and soon it was time to push the start button!  The first part of the run for me is always the hardest.  My body is getting used to the motion, I'm finding my stride - it probably takes nearly a mile before I start to feel "comfortable" and where my breathing isn't quite so laboured.

I ran my usual loop, but dipped down some side roads - one which provided a full additional small loop and one that I literally just ran up and ran down.  The weather was quite hot all of the sudden and the sun was baking down on my back.  I started to really feel drained around mile 2.3.  I got a mild stitch in my side, so slowed my pace way down and tried to focus on my breathing.  Having checked my distance, I knew I could keep going, so just tried to keep focused.

When I was nearly home, I saw my husband drive past me in the car with my son in the back.  He slowed down and my son was waving frantically cheering me on!  It was a fantastic sight!  Actually throughout the whole run, every person I passed along the way offered a smile.

My official time was 42:33, which I don't think was bad for my first ever 5k attempt, and now means I have an official time to beat!

Gimme 5!  I sweated my thorns off!
I would just like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement, I really could not have done it without you!  I also want to thank God for giving me muscle in my legs and air in my lungs (and an iron-will determination to finish it!), my kids and husband for encouraging me always, my Asics for never letting me down and the Black Eyed Peas on my iPod for encouraging me to pump it!

I'm reading more and more reports of others who have participated in this race, so well done to everyone.  Laura at Spicing Up My Life completed hers this morning - well done Laura!!!  I'm looking forward to reading about everyone else's experiences soon :-)


18 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! Congrats on your 5K!!!!

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  2. Thanks for the shout out Mary!! Great race recap. You are doing great! 42 minutes is AWESOME! You are officially a runner...how cool is that??!!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I love that so many other people around the world did this race! Well done for your race too!

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  3. Congrats on your first 5k!!!!!!!

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  4. that's awesome! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Lynn, it was hard work, but I did it!

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  5. Amazig. So proud of you! Isn't your first time fabulous?

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    1. So fabulous, Abby!! I'm officially a runner and I'm officially addicted!!

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  6. Congratulations on the success!!! For many 5 Ks more :D

    EMILIO!

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    1. Thanks Emilio! I've got a few more 5k's in my future, definitely :-D

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  7. Congrats on your 5k run. I enjoyed reading your update.

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  8. Woot Woot Mary!!! So stinking proud of you!!! I have to agree that the C25k program is the BEST, and what helped me become the runner I am today!! I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Looking forward to reading more reports like these :)

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    1. Thanks so much Mandie! The C25K programme is completely amazing - especially if it can turn a coach potato like me into a runner in two months! :-)

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