Friday, May 8, 2009

I Ran (and Finished) a 5K!

I am proud to say that I completed a 5K run yesterday! Something I never even dreamed I would be able to do. I set a goal of 40 minutes based on how fast I ran 1 mile and 2 miles at the gym in the past couple weeks. Here's a picture of the start line. Could you find me without the big arrow? My husband's photography skills at work. It took me 5 minutes to find myself in the picture. (I'm behind the gal in teal- all you can see is my hair.) I was like "I KNOW I was there!!" LOL

I started out pretty well, staying with the group. As we started to spread out, I stayed pretty much in the middle. I was excited that I wasn't last! We had to run by a marsh, so I deftly avoided the goose poop and was feeling pretty good through most of the run. I only walked a couple times for just few seconds each time, mostly because my heartrate monitor/watch has trouble finding my heartrate while I'm running. I started feeling a little sick just at the very end. The sun had come out from behind the clouds and I was getting very hot, but I managed to make it without puking. :)

My final time was 40:59. I was very proud of that as I collapsed after crossing the finish line. I laid on the ground for a bit before having a little bit of water and a small cookie. Couldn't stomach the turkey sandwich and definitely wasn't going to touch the chips! I wanted to eat a little something, though, since we had to leave right away and take my daughter to her swimming class. I think I earned that cookie! ;)


Anonymous said...

Good job! I ran my first 5k about 2 years ago and have since gone on to run 10 milers, 1/2 marathons & full marathons but more then anything that first 5k will always mean the most to me!


SmoketheBlowfish said...

Hey Abby, congrats on your first 5k! Knowing the shape you are in, this first run was all about teaching your body what was expected of it. For some reason I really believe that you could probably knock 10 minutes off of the 40mins by mid-summer (if not sooner).

happy Mother's Day


Anonymous said...

Way to go, Abby!!!!!!

That's AWESOME! I think you're time is excellent (of course, I lost my bet with Smoke that you'd break Roger Bannister's record for the first mile...LOL)

Great job, "Rocket"!

Have a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow!


Abby said...

Thanks, everyone!! :)

Mark said...

Congrats Abby! It's a cool feeling to finish something like that.