I am happy to say that I have successfully completed my first 5k! Sure, it’s just 3.1 miles, but it’s still something! Hopefully, I can complete another race soon or even venture to, dare I say, run farther? *Gasp*. Anyways, I’m writing this post while the race is still fresh on my mind and so I can give you insight onto how I was thinking and feeling while it was going on. Without further ado, I present to you:
Udeme’s (Chronological) Thoughts While Running
“I really need my music.” For our regular readers, you already know that I don’t play when it comes to having a great playlist for workouts. Well, lo and behold, headphones/ personal music were not welcomed at this race. The organizers believed that being zoned out to jams would take away from the running experience with fellow runners. I followed the rules and ditched my tunes, but I was annoyed by the rule breakers I saw with headphones on. Oh well. It was just me, myself and I, which can be a good or bad thing at times because of those annoying doubtful thoughts that pop up in my head which leads me to…
“Ugh I hate running.” I can’t lie, running is not my favorite activity! During the race I tried to stay out of my head because sometimes I psych myself out by thinking that I can’t keep going. I vowed to run at least a mile without stopping and I surprisingly exceeded my expectations. I only stopped about 3 times but I kept on going because I knew that my body could work harder. It was also great to see folks running at my pace and trying to keep up with them was a great motivator.
“The human body is pretty amazing.” There I was huffing and puffing with my heart rate up, then I had a stomach cramp hit me about halfway through, but my feet kept shuffling and I was still going! And to see the other folks that were running the 10 Miler at such a great pace really impressed me. It’s great to see how far endurance and determination can get you. What amazing bodies we dwell in.
“If I keep this pace, maybe I can finish in 30!” So I didn’t stop running until I hit about 2 miles. I was making great pace and I realized that I could actually finish at a better time than I expected. I think that if I wouldn’t have paused a couple times, I could have achieved a better time. But I’m not complaining, I’m happy with the results.
“Almost there! Wait, I still have a ways to go, ugh!” So, toward the end of the race, I got tricked by a street sign! It really hurt my feelings because the sign served as my marker for the area that we began the race. However, I didn’t account for the fact that I still had to run down that street and around to finish the race. I definitely got ahead of myself.
6. “Finish strong, you got this!” My adrenaline kicked in when I saw that finish line. My pace picked up and I refused to stop, plus I saw that I wasn’t too far gone past 30 minutes. I was cheered on and I kept on going and finished at 35:09 flat. Woo hoo!
Have a great day!