This was my first ever 5k, so I didn't know what to expect. I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of people there and by the emotions all around me. I choked back tears nearly a dozen times as I listened to folks talk before the horn blew and the race started. But once it did, those pesky tears dried right up!
just a small portion of the crowd.And in impressive fashion (at least to me, as someone who never runs) I ran about 1/3 of the race and power walked the rest. My best mile time was 12:40 and my slowest was 16 and a few seconds. Not too shabby!
crossing the finish line!As I rounded the corner at the end, I saw a certain bearded fellow grinning at me from across the finish line and booked it for that last 200 feet. The feeling I got from actually doing this and then finishing it was amazing - I'm so proud of myself! It's a little weird, with my legs being as sore as they are today and my shins saying 'ouch!' but I could see this running thing maybe becoming a hobby. :-)