I've blogged before about how I really don't love to work out - I'm always looking for motivation since I don't love the gym, and I really used to dislike running as well. It seems that signing up for that 5K was the best thing I could have done, though, because I genuinely enjoyed training for it and the race itself was really a great time. I ran the race with some friends from law school (and one friend who I know through a law school friend). The three of them had all run races before (one has even done a couple of marathons). I was the beginner in the group, but I held my own! We are even planning on running another race in a few weeks in Brooklyn!
My sister came to cheer me on, and surprised me by bringing my mom too. They took this picture as I rounded the last corner towards the finish line.
Right after that, racing to the finish line:
And here I am right after I finished.
I was proud of myself!
So let's talk about timing. I usually run a 10 minute mile. I happen to think that's amazing, since I'm really not the athletic type and I've never been a runner. I've been getting faster - one day I even ran a 9:40 mile! I know I'm getting faster and that just amazes me. But anyway, the first mile of the race was really crowded and so nobody could really run so fast. It was about a 12 minute mile (according to my MapMyRun app). After that first mile though, I was able to run my normal pace- right around 10 minutes per mile. My official time was 33.59. That isn't really reconciling correctly with my app, so I don't really know which to believe. Either way, I know I usually run faster than that official time. At least now I know that the first part of races may be really crowded so I shouldn't expect to get off to a very quick start.
Have you guys ever run any races? Did you find that the beginning was really slow?