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!
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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!
 


Comments

07/25/2013 11:34

OH MY GOSH!!! YOUR TIME IS AMAZING!! I KNEW you would kill this race!?!?! ANd what did I tell you about the race atmosphere giving you that extra adrenaline push!?!?!?! YESSS!! Just remember this on your longer runs, if you jet out too fast at the start you will tank SUPER early!! It's ok for shorter runs, but come half marathon you'll want to know your comfortable pace!!! I am sooo jazzed for you!! What a way to start your racing! GREAT JOB!

ALSO I told you that you would be faster than you though!!! ;)

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:40

Oh Brittany, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your help and support!! Everything you've told me really has been true! I'll definitely work on finding my comfortable pace for the half. THANK YOU again!!!! You're amazing! :D

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Wow, congrats!! And what an awesome pace! You should be really proud.

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:40

Thanks, Hannah! I must admit that I am pretty proud of myself. ;-)

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07/25/2013 12:31

YAY!!! Great job!! I understand all the feelings you described :) That is the same breakfast I eat before every race! And I always pull out a smile for pics :D

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:42

Haha yeah no matter how much pain I'm in when I'm running, smiling somehow makes me feel better! :)

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07/25/2013 13:56

That seems to be pretty common pre-race breakfast for runners. It really does sound like the perfect combination of macros.

Huge congrats on the awesome time and finish! That is so awesome. I'm kind of glad that you mentioned how hard the last mile was too because a lot of times when I read recaps they sound like it's a breeze. But you pushed through and did so well!! :)

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:44

It does seem that some find the last bit of races to be easy, but for me, it was definitely the hardest! My mind so didn't want to finish, but I'm glad I fought it!

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07/25/2013 15:32

AHHH!! That's amazing!! You pushed yourself and it totally paid off! So glad you had an amazing run. You can only get faster/go farther from here! I love a great race!! (:

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:45

Thanks for the support Emily! And yes, there's nothing like a good race. :)

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07/25/2013 17:24

Ahhhhhhh! Congrats girl! Your race pace is SUPER impressive---8:15/mi!!! It would be amazing if I could even hit 9:00/mi during a race :P!

I can't wait to read more about your running!

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:46

You will get there!! And if not, that's totally okay too! Enjoying it is the most important part. :)

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07/25/2013 18:13

You go girl- you killed the race and you should be so proud of yourself...I know I am :)

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:47

Awe that's so sweet! Thanks, Khushboo!

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07/26/2013 00:33

Great job on the 5k! You went in with a goal of not stopping, and look at that, you won your age group!

By the way, I think you're the only person who smiles when they run from start to finish!

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:49

Haha, in my opinion running with a smile is the only way to do it. ;-)

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07/26/2013 16:16

Congrats on the race! That is so awesome :) And that's so nice that guy congratulated you after you beat him!!

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:50

I know right?! I thought that was so neat! It's something that I need to make sure I do when other people beat me!

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07/27/2013 10:11

Congrats girl!! So proud :D

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Alex
07/27/2013 13:50

Awe thanks, Jess! :)

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07/27/2013 16:52

WOW you did AMAZING!! I love the prizes you got... how fun!! :D

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Alex
07/28/2013 13:06

Haha yeah they are pretty cool! I can't wait to break open the sparkling cider. ;-)

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Charolette
07/30/2013 00:01

I'm sorry that I didn't get to congratulate you sooner. My computer was down then I was in Texas a few days. I am very proud of you.
A big hearty Congratulations!

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