On July 10th I ran in my first 5K. I was motivated by some mommy running friends in Louisville who were about to run in the half-marathon there when we visited in April. And was motivated to just get in shape. So, when I got home, I started the "Couch to 5K" program, which I had started before but only got half-way through, looked up some local 5K's, and set a goal. And, by the grace of God, who gives me the strength and will-power to accomplish anything, was able to run the whole time, which was my goal. :) The training was only torturous for the first few weeks, and then I started to enjoy it and to be able to pray, or think about other things while I ran instead of how I tired I was. :)
I learned a few things running in my first race:
1. It is definitely not cool to wear your race shirt, on race day. You're supposed to have a hip running outfit.
2. Also not cool to wear your race number pinned to your back. Nobody does that - you're supposed to wear it pinned to your front. I went into the porta potty to switch it once I got there and found out my error.
3. Its fun to run in a race. Everybody's really nice and encouraging. And you can beat some people.
4. I got passed by a lot of people, but by the end I was passing the kids.
5. I have the best family in the world. There's nothing like seeing them cheering me on at mile 2 with claps and cheers.
6. They should categorize the winners not by ages, but by leg length. That would be much more fair.
7. I hope running continues to be a life-long hobby, although I have a feeling that the ice and the snow coming in a few months might damage my ambitions.
8. All in all it was a great experience, and it felt really good to meet a goal.