Hi there! I’ve been silent for a few days, but I’m getting back on the blogging bandwagon now that I have something exciting to share with you. Unfortunately, someone is trying to stop me.
On Friday I ran my first official 5K! Technically, it was my first official 2.6 mile race, but more on that little screw-up later.
I woke up at the crack of dawn and ate a bowl of oatmeal to hold me over until lunch in Orlando. Unfortunately, I was running late, so by the time I was done with my interview, it was 2:30. I ate the peanut butter and banana on whole wheat that I packed, but it wasn’t enough to fill me up, so I stopped by Wendy’s on the way out of town for a grilled chicken snack wrap (easily the smallest, healthiest portable thing on the menu).
Although I’d thoroughly hydrated all day, I guess I ate too much too close to race and didn’t even have room for the ENERGYbits I had planned to take. I blended up about 15 with a bit of water around 5 o’clock, against my better judgement that I shouldn’t eat or drink anything else.
We got there around 5:30, and Troy took pictures for me while I stretched. I forgot my camera, so this post would be pretty boring if it wasn’t for him.
Excuse the stank face, but I was trying to smile with the sun shining in my eyes.
I met up with my coworker, Phil, who was also running, and did great for someone who hadn’t trained. He ended up coming in 27th in the men’s group!
The race started a bit late, but we were on our way by 6:15 with pretty awful race directions. No one knew where they were going, including the people who were supposed to guide us through the course.
With no time (or room) to warm up, I got a cramp in the first minute. It wasn’t too bad, so I tried to run through it, but by the 2nd mile, I was walking every other minute. According to Map My Run, I did the first mile in 10:14 and 2 miles in 20:50. Next thing I knew, we were rounding the corner to the finish line, and the race was over.
Abby came out to cheer me on, and snapped this great picture at the finish line. I stopped Map My Run, which said I completed 2.6 miles in 27 minutes. Apparently, the guides directed the majority of runners (save for the first few) through a wrong turn, so hardly anyone ran the full 5K. That was probably a good thing, considering there was no water provided throughout the course (in 90º heat, mind you) and I probably would’ve died had I ran any longer. It was hot. I was full. It was a mess.
My official 2.6 time was 26:50! Woo! It the effort that counts, right?
After the race, we headed over to the official after party at Gainesville House of Beer. We were promised unlimited beers, but much to everyone’s disappointment, only received one. That fail was offset by the raffle, where I won a $15 gift card to Fit 2 Run, and Phil won a gift card and a cool set of beer glasses from Bold City Brewery.
We hung out for a little while, and by the time I got home, I was exhausted after my long day. I definitely want to run another 5K, and maybe next time I’ll be a little more prepared. I’m really excited to get my time under 30 minutes, and I think I really have a chance at hitting it soon. Maybe my next race will even be a mud run! In fact, I might as well start training now. Wish me luck!
What race should I train for next? What are some nationwide (or Florida) races you guys have tried and loved?
I’m thinking Pretty Muddy in Tampa in November may be fun. Time to start training!