This past Saturday Zac + I ran in our first 5K. I was so excited/nervous that I even dreamed about running it the nights leading up to the race, haha. One of my biggest fears (along with many first timers) is that I didn't want to finish last or have the worst time. I have been having some pain in my left foot, but thank goodness I didn't feel it on race day. I made a playlist to keep me motivated with slower songs in the beginning to make sure I wouldn't wear myself out and fast songs towards the end to make me push harder. I also used the RunKeeper app to track my time + mileage + coach me at certain mile intervals (slow, steady + fast). I took walk breaks at the water stops and some of the bigger hills. Looking back now, I could have run more but I'm glad I kept it easy for my first one. I was really proud of myself and even started tearing up at one point. It's really neat to look back to our first training day when I thought running 1 minute + walking 1 1/2 minutes for 20 minutes was tough. Running in a race is very inspiring + I was shocked at how easy it was + how my time improved. My official time was 40:09 and Zac's was 32:05, but he came back to run through the finish with me :) We are running in another 5K this Sunday. I hope to beat my time!
I can cross run a 5K off my Summer Manifesto :)