Friday, July 04, 2008

1st one completed

I can now officially say I did my first 5K.

Last night I completed it. I almost made myself sick worrying about it, but it turned out pretty good. Talk about a blessing it was so hot when we got there it was being held at 7:00 pm. I even had a cool rag wrapped around my neck but as the pistol fired the rain started. Now in some ways the rain made it harder but mostly it kept it cool. It rained over half the race. The biggest problem....HILLS....I have not ran with hills before but it wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be. I kept thinking okay I keep going up surely eventually the hills start going down, but I don't think they ever did. I think it would have been much worse if I hadn't had the rain to cool off a little. Of course the rain added other problems because a lot of the roads through the mountain were dirt so it got wet and slick mud. I was soaked through by the end

I kept saying I just wanted to finish even last I just wanted to finish. I did have a little trouble pacing myself but I think that comes with being my first race.
The results:
Out of 91 female runners I placed 44.
Out of 10 in my age bracket I placed 5.
About 38 minutes. I came in 8 minutes and 43 seconds behind the winner.
So I was pretty much in the middle and now I am pumped to do it again. I am entering on in Tulsa in August. I can even still say I am ready to do it again the morning after but I won't lie I am sore.

There were two times during the race I almost wanted to quit, I wouldn't but I have to say I was like why did I do this, but crossing that finish line was the most awesome feeling. I totally get the expression runners high I think it is great. So now the goal is to keep training for the August run, there is one in Fort Chafee in September, then I may up it to a 10K by November we shall see.

Here are a few before the race..


The Woman said...

See I knew you could do it. You finished yeah, and you didn't finish last yeah. lol your text to me went to bruce's phone which had him all confused but I got it lol.

stacey said...


Middle_America said...

I am so proud.
I think you did Awesome!!!

Rofkahr-Party of Four said...

Way to go Kelli! Now you have me pumped!