On the 16th, I ran my first 5K race. I was pretty excited about it and decided to share my experience. This was my first foray into the racing community and let me tell you, it was interesting. I showed up wearing normal workout clothes but that was apparently the boring choice.
Since it was the Shamrockin’ Run, people were wearing green. One dude was dressed like a leprechaun! The unofficial uniform for ladies was a tutu or knee-length socks. Some wore both. I thought it was weird. What’s up with the tulle? Is it comfortable? Why do you need a tutu anyway? The socks made a little more sense because it was chilly and they had shorts on so less skin exposed.
I started off the race actually running. I’ve been walking every day and haven’t ran since…January? I’m not sure but everyone else was running so I did too. Peer pressure. I ran until the first turn, maybe ¾ of a mile? Then I power-walked. I started running again off and on and ended up running probably half of it.
I was paranoid about being The Last Person to Finish Ever. But that was silly; there were kids participating, people with dogs, and people with strollers. They were all going slower than me. In fact, with my run/walk strategy, I finished before some people who ran the whole thing! I finished in the first third of the group which I am pretty excited about. My time was 36 minutes and 42 seconds. A pretty good time for my first time if I do say so myself.
And I do. 😉