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My First 5k

Saturday, September 29, 2012

BLC Challenge Day 2- we have to post a blog. I am not a regular blogger and couldn't think about what to write about so I thought posting my first 5k story might be today's blog.

Last Sunday was a chilly morning here, I was a little nervous about the race but my friend Kari (signed up also to show support- what a rockstar!) kept telling me it would be awesome.

I got there early, got my packet and number. Put them on and then waited for it to be time to stand at the starting line. It was a pretty small group about 50 or so people.

As the runners lined up so did we. We got our course description and it really didn't dawn on me the term "Traill Run". A 5k is a 5k right? No time to ponder this, it was go time! We all started out running on the smooth pavement, we just followed the crowd......into the forrest. What...? Where is the running trail? There was none, there were stones, gravel and hills. Lots and lots of HILLS. They all started looking the same to me after a while.

I started dragging and regretted not bringing my hydration belt along- after all it's "only 3.10miles". My Runkeeper app wasn't working and I really had no idea how long I was on the trail or how long I had left. Main goal: keep going!

Amidst all the hills we reached a clearing- near the Bay. So beautiful and FLAT!!! Flat terrain again! Made up for some lost time. We reached the halfway mark where they had WATER!!! YAY!! Kari chatted with the volunteer- I just tried to catch my breath and get hydrated. Halfway there time to finish up!


Photo of the Bay found on internet- my pics weren't uploading.

We started going up the hills we'd just trudged down- all that gravel and loose rocks made it difficult to climb up. Couldn't get good momentum going. No stopping though! Keep going. Run if you can, Walk if you must but don't stop!!

We had about a quarter of a mile left and hit the main street once again. Almost there! We neared the finish line- finish strong!! The volunteers were cheering, rooting us on- thank you! We ran the last few feet to complete the race!! Woohooo!! It was done! It was over! I had done it!
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