Adventures In Running: My First 5k!

Hi Friends!

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:

Ready to run :-)

Ready to run :-)

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.

And we're off!

And we’re off!

My race bib!

My mom accompanied me!

My mom accompanied me!

“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.

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Run with a view :-)

“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!

THE END

Have a great day!

-Udeme

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