Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I'm done! My first official 5k, and how I rocked it.

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I finished my first official 5k!

I ran the Rock the Parkway 5k in Kansas City with two of my wonderful cousins.  My brother totally skipped out on us, but we're okay with that.  You're on for next year, though, bro - watch out.  We girlies might beat you to the finish!

My stats: chip time was 36:30; gun time 37:44.  Fastest time, ever. For me at least.  I was 130 of 240 women in my age group. I was the 981st finisher for my race, out of 1594. I must be honest and say I did not run the full time.  That's not my style right now.  I run for a while, walk a little, run, walk. It works for me, for now.

I am so totally stoked!  I did a little happy dance when the race started (and we were standing around waiting for the first thousand people to cross the start line). I would have done a little happy dance at the end but I was pretty done by then. I regret not taking the time to stretch shortly after the race.  I felt that for the next 2 days.  I also felt sick with something flu like, so maybe my body was rejecting the who "run for fun" idea.  Too bad, body.  I win!

I'm already plotting and scheme for my next couple of races. I think maybe I'm hooked.  I'm also trying to rope other people in to doing them with me.  There's a local 5k that happens Labor Day weekend, and I have a friend here in town that I'm hoping will train with me to do that race.  I've talked to another friend about doing the Rock the Parkway race again next year. Whee!

Now I need to go find some new running shoes.  I think my pink and silver New Balance shoes have done me well in my fitness journey over the past several years.  They look fine, and the tread is still great, but I think I've done more than 500 miles in those shoes.

Any recommendations for a good shoe?


Kelli said...

Hi there! So happy for you to reach a goal and get a personal best! As far as shoes, I really liked some Adidas gels. Very comfortable, but I had some knee problems I think might be associated with them. Not totally convinced about that, though. So now I have some Reebok Zigs that are VERY comfortable. I have exercised in them with no problem, but haven't run in them yet. Both are between 80 and 100 dollars. Hope that helps a little. Oh, Adidas also has Climacool shoe that is VERY lightweight, but it felt bad on the bottom of my feet, not very cushiony. I could never wear Nike's, they hurt my feet, that's why I didn't recommend any of them. Good luck running, girl! I'm totally interested in doing it with you when you're around KC!!

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