Saturday, May 3, 2008

I did it!


I just ran my first 8k! It was an incredible experience. I have been running since December and besides being sick for over a month have been pretty consistent. It was all worth it! I am so glad that since December I have logged over 150 miles, because tonight as I was standing there with a couple hundred other people at the starting line waiting for them to say "GO" I was filled with an incredible rush! I ran with my friend Melissa and I am so thankful for her, we were both rookies at this and I was so glad that we did it together. The first two miles we ran together and pretty fast. At about the 2.5 mile mark I started feeling shooting pains in my knee... I had been afraid of this these past few months. Melissa took off at that point and I am glad because I wanted her to run as fast as she could and not wait up for me. As I hit the 3 mile mark I could feel myself struggling but I made a commitment to myself. I was not going to walk any of it. No matter what, I was going to run the whole thing even if it meant that at times it felt like I could walk faster than I was running. My goal before the whole race was to run 5 miles in less than 55 minutes. This would be 11 minute miles which is not extremely fast but I thought a good goal. 
I have found the last few months as I run, the first three miles are always the hardest. If I can get past these I can run forever. At 4 miles I knew I had it. I was feeling good. Besides getting a glass of gatorade when I was expecting water near the 4 mile mark that I preceded to dump all over my face because I thought it was water and instead found my face all sticky, the last two miles went really well. 
The fifth mile was exhilarating, I sprinted to the finish line and saw on the big digital clock that my time was 47 minutes! I had definitely beat the time that I had set for myself! And in fact I had ran less than 9 and 1/2 minute miles. At the finish line I saw off to the side my husband cheering me on. He was so supportive through out this whole thing and I was so glad that he was there as I crossed the finish line. 
The picture above was Melissa and I pre-race... I was not super stoked with the picture post-race. So I won't post that one.... I need to go to bed now.. but it was a great day. 

5 comments:

  1. You did so GREAT Friend! I was proud that you pushed through your pain and I had a great time with you. Too bad we didn't get a pic of both of us with Gatorade all over our faces =)

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  2. i am so proud of you!! awesome time too! i enjoyed thinking of you guys on my sick bed at home =)

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  3. Katie! Congratulations! 5 miles WOW!! I am So proud of you and excited for you!

    Kelsey

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  4. You go girl! I'll bring my running shoes with me this time and we'll get some pavement pounding in while I'm down there... :)

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