Monday, May 18, 2009

The Official Race Report!

The results are in! I ran my first 5K on Saturday and managed to complete it in 35 minutes and 48 seconds! I am thrilled beyond belief because I never thought I would do it in that amount of time. If you read my blog, you know that my fastest time on the treadmill was 35:35 and I've never really run outside. I was striving to finish in under 40 minutes but was seriously thinking that I might have to settle for under 45, you can imagine how proud of myself I am.

I have a few pictures to show you, my vanity will be hurt after this post but I suppose I can take it for the sake of an accurate "report." Here, The Son and I walk to the beginning of the race. The Husband took one of the back of us too, that will NOT be making the blog, my self-esteem isn't THAT secure.

Stretching to prepare for the race, it was very cute, as I started stretching, The Son decided that he too needed to stretch out. He was signed up for the 1 mile unscored "fun run" with The Husband.


Wow! Look at all the people... I was getting nervous... really nervous...


Can you tell? This is my "I'm really nervous, what have I gotten myself into?" face.


Showing off my number...
Here I am amongst the crowd, I realize it's blurry, The Husband must have been getting over-excited. It's the only picture I have in with the other racers though so I had to post it.

And before I knew it... we were off. I situated myself at the back of the group considering I knew I would not be a fast runner. I had been warned that there were a lot of hills in this race. I am not used to hills. I managed to run the first mile, pretty much without stopping. There were a lot of kids around me who were a part of the YMCA's "Girls on the Run" program and they all had running buddies (moms and dads) with them. It was nice because I fed off the encouragement that their parents were offering them. Each time I wanted to stop I would hear a parent encouraging their child and I knew I could keep running, at least a little bit longer. After about the first mile, there was a water station with little paper cups of water. I had to stop to take a drink and then I had a hard time starting back up again. I was heading up another hill and I had to walk. I was feeling really down on myself for walking but just kept telling myself that walk or run, I was doing it. I was participating in a race! The good thing about all the hills going up was that there were also quite a few hills going down. I decided that I could run them and in fact, it was easier than trying to walk so I tried to make up speed on the way down. Finally, I saw the mile 2 marker! I realized I was two thirds of the way finished! At this point, I doubted that I would ever run another 5K! ha ha! I kept going, and going and going, until I was rounding the bend and could see the word "FINISH" ahead. I glanced at the clock and realized that it read somewhere around 35 minutes! WHAT? I was shocked. I managed to cross the finish line with the clock reading 36:20. I was thrilled with that time! It wasn't until later that I realized my time would actually be less because I didn't cross the timing mats at the same time the clock was started. That's how I ended up with the time 35:48! I came in 488/877 women and 64/103 in my division. My overall placement in the whole thing was 1012/1508. I'm happy with all of that and know that I have goals to reach as far as improvement but that's a good thing!

As I crossed the finish line, I searched and searched for my guys. I couldn't find them and evidently, they didn't see me. I'm kind of sad about that because The Husband says he was poised with the camer to take a picture of me. It didn't happen, but to be fair, there were a lot of people there. We took a dorky picture of me in my race t-shirt later and then The Son and I posed for a final shot.

Again, with the thumbs-up. It's the kids trademark I think.

We stayed for the after-race party and had a few snacks until we decided to head home where I collapsed and took a much needed three hour nap! The Husband and I got to go out on a date with friends that evening because of the YMCA's "Parent's Night Out" it was a great day and evening all around.

Tomorrow, we're going to have a guest blogger... The Husband who will give his race report on The Son running the 1 mile fun run. He's a much better writer than I am so I'm sure it will be funny! Have a great Monday everyone!

8 comments:

Darlene said...

FANTASTIC Caren!!! You should be so PROUD of yourself!!!! What a great job!

tommyekatt said...

Caren you DID GREAT!!! And you look FANTASTIC!!!!

Ang said...

Caren that is so cool and I'm so proud of you..Great JOB!!!!What an amazing example you are to your little one!

shannon said...

Way to go Caren!!!! I am so impressed! I hope you are really proud of yourself.

Nikki said...

Oh Caren it was great!!! I'm so proud of you :D Thanks for the pictures...your so svelt!!! (did I just massacre that one?)

I am awaiting The Husbands report!

Chrissy Cuz said...

Great job Caren Cuz!! I am proud of you. I am still sad that I wasn't able to be there with you. :o( Also you are looking GOOD!! ♥♥♥

morewineplease said...

WAY TO GO LADY!! You rock'd it! And you look fantastic! Keep it up, we are all cheering for you!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I am really, really behind on blog reading but had to come by to say I'm really, really proud of you!