The day after turning 49, I ran my first ever 5K race (today).
First, my early fears about the weather conditions were a waste. It was perfect out there this morning – high of 54° F and partly cloudy. (And, it was five degrees warmer an hour after the start of the race.)
So, how did I do?
Considering this was my first ever 5K race, and I didn’t start running until January of this year, I did pretty good.
My official “chip” time from start to finish was 26 minutes and 35 seconds. (Per my Forerunner 205, my average speed was 6.9 MPH and my top speed was 9.1 MPH.)
Overall, I finished 91st out of 317 runners in the race. (No idea how I did for my gender and age group, 40-49. I’ll get that when the results are on-line.)
How about those hills that I was worried about?
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The worst one was the hill that started at the 1.8 mile mark. I was huffing and puffing to get over that one. But, I kept moving my feet and got over it.
The whole “keeping pace” thing was interesting for me in the race. In fact, one of the more amazing things for me in this race was “passing people.” At the start, I hung out at the back of the crowd, not knowing what to expect. But, once the race started, I found many running slower than me and I had to pass/go around them. (Many of them younger than me!) That felt pretty good.
Overall, the total experience was incredible. The race was very organized – pre, post and during. My wife and kids were proud of my effort and enjoyed the whole scene of the event. And, I did much better than my goal heading into this one. That all said, in the end, I would say that I very much enjoyed the entire experience. (A nice turnaround from where I was just a few days ago.)
It’s now around four hours since I finished the race and I am still pumped. I feel like I want to go out there now and run another one!
Not a bad way to start the 50th year of my life.
What’s next? Hey, per the plan, back to the gym tomorrow to hit those dumbbells! And, I’ll look for another race to run in the near future.