Monday, May 14, 2012

Get in Shape Girl V- FINALE!

So I know everyone has been following along with my adventures in training for a 5K in 5 weeks. For all you beginner runners out there, there is a program/app to get you ready for a 5K and it is an 8 or 9 week program. Actually most are. So what made me think I could do it in 5? I'm a risk taker, I tell ya! And who could pass up a great race with the title of "Run Like A Mother"?

Well, I couldn't! So I signed up for this awesome 5K that took place in Raleigh, NC on Mother's Day. Who celebrates Mother's Day by running 3.2 miles? Me and thousands of other women across the country. There were Run Like A Mother (RLAM) races occurring in 11 cities on May 13 AKA Mother's Day.

 Now I must admit I was scared to death to run. There were women of all shapes, sizes and ages at the event but I was still scared. I knew I could complete the race but I also knew that I hadn't trained enough to run the whole time. I was so nervous that I didn't even take adventures of the awesome site festivities! There were great venders, including a bounce house, face painting, and shaved ice for the kids! Of course while I was running my butt off my kids were enjoying all the festivities...LOL.
 I grabbed a banana and a sip of some water and lined up with all of the other women. And off we went. I started off at a great pace and not even a quarter of a mile ahead we hit our first hill. Ok, one hill. I can do it. So I ran up it and then back down the other side. What goes up must come down. Then there was another hill. No biggie. Ran up it and then back down. At the bottom a lady beside of me said, "yes! 1 mile down". I could only smile because I was beginning to feel the pain. AND then what did I see? Yep, you guessed it! Another HILL! Forget that. I decided to walk up it and then run down the other side. That's when I noticed a pattern. This course was all hills! What in the world did I sign up for? I dug in and kept going knowing that I wasn't going to meet my goal of under 45 minutes but I was still determined to finish.
 As we came over the hill (yes another and final hill) I saw the finish line and decided to sprint in. The clock was reading 38:48! WHAT!?! That was way under my 45 minute goal. I ran in as the clock turned to 39:06! I did it! I was ecstatic! My kids, husband and brother were at the finish line cheering me on! And my backside looked pretty good running in!

Later I found out that my official time was 38:52! So I was below 49 minutes! SCORE! So I just want to thank Run Like A Mother for giving me the courage to run my first 5k in over 5 years! Now I've caught the running bug and I plan on keeping up with it! I'm already hunting for a 5K to do in June or July! Woo-hoo!

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