Today was the day of our first 5K run! And I am VERY happy to report that not only did I do it, but I accomplished my goal with it of running the whole distance without any walking. I am so happy! Thank you, Melanie, for flying out here to support us in this endeavor, for running the whole 5K with me, even when I needed to go so slowly. Your support was invaluable.
My time was 36 minutes and 27 seconds. While it wasn’t very fast, Melanie and I certainly didn’t arrive last, there were at least a third of the people still behind us. It was also a record for me for the continuous running – I have never in my life run for 36.5 minutes straight. Even when we had to run 5K back in school, I would sprint, then have to walk, then sprint, then walk again, etc. I never did learn endurance running back in school. But I’m happy I was able to complete this 5K. Now, like Melanie said, “I have a time record to better”. 🙂
Stan ran with a double stroller with both kids in it and made an amazing time of only 26 minutes and 8 seconds. He was FAST (for being with the stroller anyway) 🙂 He’s now talking about running a 10K race in 3 weeks and wants me to do it with him. I am not sure I can be ready for it that fast (he has run for 6 miles previously while getting ready for 5K several times), while I never ran more than this 3.1 miles. So it’s hard to say. Plus at this point I’m not sure I can push myself to do it and whether my heart is really in it. But I am still looking at all the options and evaluating it.
Here are a couple of blurry pictures from the race day. Never mind my red face – running was hard and yes, I was tired 🙂