Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far!
Thank you so much for all your good luck wishes on my 5k. I am happy to report that it was a success! If you have read my running story
, you know that my only goal was to run the whole way. I knew that I was going to be able to do it as I had run almost 5 miles in training, but still, I DID IT!!
But let me back up a bit...
The morning of the 21st, I woke up around 6:30 and started with some breakfast. Usually before I run, I have at least a banana (I find that bananas before running are a must
- otherwise I get terrible side cramps). But since I wasn't running for another two hours, I knew I was going to need something a little more. I went with a classic - toast (nine grain) with flax peanut butter and banana. Perfect balance of fat, protein, and carbs! To drink, I had a glass of coconut water. Like with the food, I didn't want too much, but I knew I needed something. And since coconut water is full of electrolytes, it sounded like the perfect pre-run beverage!
My parents and I arrived at the start about half an hour before the race, and it was a good thing because I was told I had to go to this restaurant to get my number and t-shirt. That's why it's always good to arrive early I guess - you never know what they will throw at you! It was kind of funny because at first I thought they were joking... they said I had to go to Avogadro's Number to get my number, and I was thinking haha that's cute - Avogadro's Number to get my number (I had never heard of the restaurant before). But then I realized he was serious. Awkward...
So anyway, we got my number and returned to the start line with time to spare.
And I'm off!
See those little kids taking off? Aren't they cute?! Not only were they adorable, but some were only nine years old and ran six minute miles. Now how is that for inspiring? Some of course had some trouble, and if I didn't have my goal to run the whole way, I would have stopped and walked with them for a bit and encouraged them to keep running.
A lot of people sprinted out of the start, but I knew that I wouldn't have enough energy to finish strong if I did that, so I started with a good, steady pace that I was hoping to keep up for the whole run. The first mile felt long, but fairly easy, and I enjoyed seeing parts of the college campus that I had never seen before (the whole course was on the campus).
Mile two felt much shorter, but toward the end, I really began to feel it. I knew that I must be pushing myself more than normal, because I had never felt like that before. The third mile was absolutely killer. I felt like I was going to throw up for most of it and wanted more than anything to take a walking break. But I pushed on. I wouldn't even let myself slow down. I was going to finish, and I was going to finish strong.
Despite my pain, I managed to keep a smile on my face...
The last half mile, I couldn't even hear my music. I just kept telling myself run, run, you can do this! I managed to pass some of the people that had raced out of the start, and as I neared the finish line, I picked up the pace a bit. Whenever I run, I always, always finish faster than I was running.
About 20 feet before the finish line, I all of a sudden heard a rush of hard breathing behind me as someone attempted to pass me right at the finish line. All I remember thinking was oh no you don't, and off I sprinted across the finish!
They guy that I wouldn't let pass me at the finish came up to me after and told me good job and that he had tried to pass me at the finish but couldn't. I greatly appreciated the good sportsmanship!
I had crossed the finish with an official time of 25:38 and a pace of 8:15/mile. I was absolutely ecstatic! That was a good minute/mile faster than when I ran a 5k in training the week before. No wonder I felt so awful! I really did push myself. Not only did I run my fastest time, but I got first in my age group!
All my goodies!
The race was definitely a struggle, but I know I'm a much stronger runner (and person) as a result. It showed me what I can do when I push myself, keep my mind strong, and remind myself that I can do it. Our bodies are stronger than our minds. Unless our legs literally collapse beneath us, we can go farther - that is what I learned from this race. It put the following quote into action: "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." I had always believed that, but up until this point, it had never felt so real. I hope it is something that we can all live by forever!
Next time, another recap! Only it will be of the wonderful time I had with my mom these past few days. :)
Have you felt the power of the above quote?
Have a fantastic rest of the week, lovely people!