Sunday, October 21, 2012

For the Love of Pink (& My First 5K)

Hey, y'all.  Hope everyone's weekend has been fabulous. Mine was. Instead of spending Saturday doing research, writing, or watching lectures, I spent the day in bed watching Lifetime movies.  My little one was with my sweet in-laws (and the husband watched football all day), so it was the perfect time to watch Steel Magnolias and The Carlina White Story. They've been on my DVR for weeks now.

But before I started my day of complete laziness, I actually ran my first 5K!

The fam and I did the Komen Race for the Cure early yesterday morning.  This wasn't at all my first 5K -- but it WAS my first as a runner.  I'll admit, I was a little nervous all week.  I knew I could run the distance  because I literally do a 5K three times a week.  But I was concerned about the difference in the course.  I run on a mostly-flat indoor track, so the thought of running on roads that included hills/inclines made me kinda nervous.  I was afraid I'd get too winded and have to stop.  And I would have been SO disappointed because I never have to stop when I train.

Well, turns out it was perfect practice because I never stopped running Saturday either.  I kept it moving the whole race!

I was a tiny bit disappointed in my time.  While I obviously finished at least 20 minutes sooner than I have in previous years (as a walker), my running time was four minutes longer than my average running time when I train.  I knew it would be a little off since the beginning of the race involved  lots of weaving through walkers mixed in with runners, but I never expected a four-minute difference. I clearly slowed down at some points during the run -- I assume on the hills and inclines. 

But that doesn't even matter.  I'm stoked anyway.  I pushed through and ran the whole time.  I'm proud of my 34:40 finish.  Plus, I placed smack dab in the middle for my age group -- which isn't bad for my first 5K, I guess.  And having my first "official" time now gives me room for improvement and something to work toward for future races.

My partner!

One of the sweetest things about this year's race is my husband did it, too.  He's never done this event but he agreed to this year.  We've both been running for a few months now, so I knew it'd be rewarding for him, too.

But...I have to brag a little...I finished three minutes ahead of him.  Woohoo!!  In his defense, he has shin issues.  And because of his work schedule, I run one more day a week than he does.  But still - I beat him!  (I have a feeling this will be the first and last time I say this, though.  He typically beats me in everything!)

And look who joined our team this year:

That's my grandma and her sister!  These two young'uns recently got back from a senior citizens' trip to New York City.  I think that's the cutest thing -- senior citizens hitting up NYC together. Ha! 

We ran into my cousin again this year (pink shirt), who always participates with her employer.  And of course there's my awesome mama (far right), who ALWAYS does these events with me.

Cousin and sister-in-law with their super cute shirts!

Tutus are a popular accessory for this race, and J rocked it! 

We had a few folks who couldn't make it this year. We missed y'all - we know you wanted to be there!

Special thanks to my co-workers J and M for helping me raise $75 for the cause. I always feel kinda weird asking folks for money -- even if it is for a good cause -- and I didn't start asking for donations until a day before the race this year.  But these two jumped right on it and helped willingly, and I really appreciate that.

I always share statistics when I recap these events, but I'll save that today -- I'm sure you've heard quite a bit about breast cancer over the years (plus you can always go here).  I just ask that you consider giving your time by participating in your local race and/or giving to the cause (if you haven't already).  We've all seen breast cancer touch the lives of those around us (some have seen it in their own families).  There is always something you can do to help.

So, yeah, it's been a pretty awesome weekend.  Hope it's been a fun/productive/restful/whatever-kinda-weekend-you-needed-it-to-be weekend for you.  And I hope the week goes the way you need it to as well.

Be back soon, folks.


Previous years' races: 2011 |  2010

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