Today I ran my first 5k! My friend Becca (who ran the 15k, you go girl) let me know about the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k. Ghirardelli fondue at the finish line and raise money for a good cause? Sold.
I’m not a runner, I would even say I hate running. So a 5k was the perfect distance to be a challenge but not make me miserable. Will the race convert me to a regular runner? Nope. I don’t see a marathon in my future, a 10k perhaps but that would take a lot of commitment and training. I do think I’ll do the mud run in October, but that’s more fun than run.
My alarm went off at 5 a.m. Leia slept through it, and was still sleeping when I left her with Grammy. It was the first time I wasn’t there when she woke up which was a little strange. It was still dark when I arrived, the race started at sunrise, 6:45 a.m. Watching all the people stretching, chatting, dancing to party music that was way too loud for so early in the morning – it was great! There were kids running, parents with strollers, a few people with dogs.
I was nervous I’d be the slowest person there, but ended up finishing in 36 minutes, 3 minutes better than my goal time. I ran the whole way – even up the hills on C Street which made me feel so accomplished.