Sneakers…check. Warm, yet flexible clothing…check. Water bottle…check.
But do I really know what I need to prepare for my first 5k? Not really. This is my first organized run EVER! It can be a scary thing.
I decided I wanted to be more healthy and active in 2010. One way to do that is participate in runs/walks with my family. My sister does it all the time. So, I told her I am committed to losing weight and being healthy and I wanted to try out this whole 5k/run/walk thing.
I woke up this past Sunday morning at 6:30, got dressed and headed to Highlands Ranch to meet with my sister and some of her relatives to car pool to the Mother’s Day 5k at City Park in Denver. I was pumping myself up the whole way. I had my water bottle and MP3 player all ready.
Once we got there and found parking, I started my momentum by jogging to the start of the race from the car. That didn’t last long as I am not a runner nor a jogger, and I walked the rest of the way. I was amazed upon arrival by all the healthy, in-shape, athletic men, women and kids there. It’s definitely a place to be if you want to be in a workout mood. So, we signed up. I got my number… 854, which was swinging in the wind since I only got one paper clip to tie it on to my black long-sleeved workout top. I continued to think positive thoughts that I would do good and cross the finish line.
A gentleman came by and gave us a 15 minute warning that the race was about to start. I started warming up. Stretching my legs, arms, anything I could. But I really needed to stretch my brain. I am just going to consider it a long walk/job which is what I did. I am a firm believer of mind over matter so I actually was starting to get excited to complete this task. I mean how hard could it be…a 5k…it’s what…3.1 miles. That’s easy!
The buzzer sounded and the race was on! A sea of moms, dads, kids, young and old all went through the starting point, including me. I started off jogging but remembered I promised my sister’s mother-in-law I would walk with her so I slowed down, albeit to catch my breath as well. So, I walked with her. And then she and I would see a light pole or tree in the distance. We would make a goal to jog to there and we would do it. It’s the small goals that count, right?
So, 51 minutes later, I cross the finish line. I really didn’t set a goal for myself, other than to finish. I was happy with that. I think next time, I can make it to 41 minutes though. And there will be a next time, and a next time, and a next time. I’ve already told myself that, as I continue on this new path to being healthy and exercising more. Overall, it was really a lot of fun, getting in some exercise on a beautiful morning in Denver and I even got free food and prizes when I was done! Can’t wait for my next one!
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