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My first 5k

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Alright, so I've promised myself to write this weeks ago, but I'm finally out of a bad situation and can finally sit down and focus on me and what I want to do. So I'm finally writing my blog about my first 5k.

On February 16, 2013 I participated in my first ever 5k, The Color Run. I had been reading about this particular 5k for a few months and when I saw that it was going to be in Las Vegas, I decided what better way to motivate myself to actually work on my C25K then to sign up for a 5k and give myself a deadline and a set time I have to do it. So I gladly signed up. Of course, I procrastinated with actually doing the C25K program, but worked on walking, because no matter if I ran or walked I was going to do this 5k!

As the time came closer I couldn't believe I was going to actually go through with it. The week of the race I was getting excited because I knew I could and I would do this one way or another! Then it hit me, I really didn't have any true running clothes or the white shirt I needed for the race. So I set off to find some nice pants that would move with me and a long sleeve shirt so I wouldn't freeze. So I managed to find some pants and a shirt at Target. I usually avoid buying clothes there because the XXL usually runs smaller and it saddens me when they don't fit. I bought them anyways and guess what...THEY FIT!

I was so proud of those clothes fitting. It shows my hard work is paying off!
I arrived in Vegas the night before, since my parents live there I spent some time with them and they took me to the race spot so I didn't have to worry about getting lost or anything else. Since no one was able to go get my race day packet before race day we woke up and arrived there at a quarter til 7! Boy, was it early and instead of being a long line of participants, there was a long line of volunteers checking in. It took me maybe 5 minutes to get my race day packet and left me with nearly an hour and a half before the start! So I went back to the truck and hung out with my parents and put on my race day wear.

After awhile my dad walked up to the gathering of people so we could check it out. Since I was doing this alone it was rather lonely standing there with groups of people I didn't know. But I was excited nonetheless. I ended up sneaking into the first wave of people so I didn't have to stand around any longer then I had to. 8:30 hit and we were off! I started walking because I knew I hadn't prepared myself to run the whole thing, and I was alright with that. But after running into some obstacles of people I decided to give it a try at running a bit. I ran a good amount of the first k and then went back to walking. Some where amongst this time I managed to loose my fitbit (may it rest in pieces or whatever happened to it). I was rather sad because I was found of my fitbit, but mom replaced it and now I feel back to normal since I felt naked without it.
I did some of my own running intervals the whole time because at some point I do plan on running the whole 5k. But going through each k marker and getting splashed with color was a lot of fun! But it doesn't takes too great and found itself more on my face then my shirt, but it's the price to pay for having fun. After the 4k mark I knew there was only one more leg to go but I didn't expect it to go as quickly as it did! I felt like I just left the 4k marker and there was the finish line. This is where my parents were waiting to cheer me on and through the finish line, which I ran because I was going to finish the race the same way I ended up starting it!
At the beginning of the race, I started my running app so I could time myself so I knew what I had to beat when I did my next 5k, and I finished in 46:16! I couldn't believe my time. I've never completed a 5k walking in that amount of time, let alone doing running and walking! I was proud of myself for finishing and my parents were proud that I completed it and of the progress I have made so far in my weight loss journey.

I've now had my taste of a 5k and now I'm itching for my next one. I'm not sure when it will be but I know it will be a blast and I'll enjoy every minute of it!
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