My first 5k was cold, rainy, and started off with me really not wanting to go. I hadn’t trained as much as I should and I had not run outside in that cold of weather before. However I committed myself to it, so I was going. I might be faking this smile in the picture below. I was COLD!!
People were really nice. There was a band and a guy getting everyone revved up. There was a teeny tiny tent that people were hiding under waiting for the race to get going. Soon they moved us into the corrals. Since there weren’t a ton of people there because of the weather they didn’t really pay much attention to who was each corral. Some how I ended up in the first tier of runners. After a bit people started tossing color with the packets we were provided at registration.
Then we were off. I started at a good pace and then realized I didn’t start my watch. So I stopped and got that going. I spent the first mile alternating between fast walking and slow running. I was just trying to get my muscles and lungs warm. I had found a site that listed country music songs by running pace so I built a running playlist filled with 11-12 minute mile songs. Normally I run to a workout station, and I enjoyed this SO much more!
Each color marker in the run they blasted us with color. I mean WOW! In my face, my nose!! But I laughed the whole way figuring if I kept a smile on my face the race would go better for me.
By mile 2 I was able to run more than walk, but still needed to take short walking breaks. I was impressed by how much I was actually running.
By the last mile I was soaked, and got blasted with blue up my nose so bad I could taste it. We were running on rocks now, and the rain had made it very muddy. I stumbled and twisted my ankle. Thankfully it wasn’t bad and I was able to walk it off. I stated running again so I could run through the last color blast and to the finish.
My shoes were soaking, but I was happy to be crossing the finish line. I took some pictures for people who asked, got my picture taken, and then realized I didn’t stop my watch!
Officially my watch read 42 minutes. But I think I was closer to a 38 given all the time I wasted at the end without stopping it. Even with my delayed start. At the end of the race I felt so good. I was SO happy I had done it and tried my best.
Here is my before and after shot. You can see how wet and cold looking it was. Especially for Vegas. My next 5k is on December 7th. I’m really excited to do it again! I’m not a runner yet – not by a long shot… But I am working at it!!
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