My First 5k
Here we are October 14, 2017. Exactly one week after my first official 5k. Thank the calendar for it been an exact week after instead of the day off. My first worry was that it would rain. We had pretty great weather that day. Today, however, is a great day to write about it since it will probably be non-stop storms all day.
I hated running. I would clean my entire apartment before I would think about running. Just the thought of all the dirty nooks and crannies that haven’t been attended to would make my heart race. That seemed like cardio enough.
That was before
Summer was when I did my first 5k, unofficially. I was told the day before to take the place of my Mother-n-law. She had a 5k herself. She has completed a few before but her health has started to make her human and she is realizing some limitations. So I agreed, I always had the excuse that I would sign up for my own race when I was prepped and ready but when I said yes, I realized I wasn’t getting myself ready for anything.
I took her place and I was hooked. There is something about beating strangers that is really motivating. If I can establish a PR (Personal Record) that is a lot better then the lady on crutches, then I’m golden. My Un-official/Official PR was 40:50. That medal was also something I was getting a tingly feeling over too. It showed my accomplishments. It was my earn into the active world. I wanted more. I wanted my own. Plus I got paranoid about it being very frowned upon to run as someone else. The reasons make sense so I’ll comply and do things officially. After the soreness settle I started my daily miles(1-5 miles), getting ready for when Id compete again.
I instantly wanted to sign up for a bunch of different 5ks. One of the biggest factors that went into deciding was what the medal looked like. Sad, yes but everyone has their reasons. I wanted to stay local. Chicago is the general area. Plus the medals are cool. The magnificent Mile is a gorgeous course and gorgeous medal. The Ditka Dash also looked fun. I’m not really into football but the shirts looked cool. I decided to do another one with family. The International 5k was it. The husbands’ uncle is the real runner. He had raised countless amounts for diabetes awareness. His feet and his wings have seen countless amounts of miles. 5k, 10k, 15k, half and full marathons. This guy has seen it all. It’s very inspirational, except the marathon. Marathon runners are crazy! Buzzfeed made a fun raction video and Tech Inside broke down the science.
I found out you have to pay to run. It makes sense because your fee overs a lot of things. A medal, we get scarfs, a refuel bag that had water, gatorade and a protein bar and an apple. With all of this it still kind of sucks, but we had registered early enough for it to be the cheapest. A good thing that was provided was my bib ( my number and tracker) was mailed to me. I didn’t have to go to the expo for it. Often it costs a considerable amount to get your bib mailed to you.
The course above was captured using my Run Fitness22 app but you can see the official course here. A bunch of people crowd in an area that you feel is most comfortable by pace. It started at Adams Street at 7:30 and ended around museum campus grounds. Running in the street is pretty cool, I was way to focused to take any cool pictures plus my phone screen is cracked and I didn’t want to drop it on the course (but I did anyway).
My end time was 37:50. I really was hoping of anytime less then 40:50 but I was slightly disappointed in the time. There was consistency for two miles but lost it a little after that. I could have push myself more but I didn’t. This makes me want to be better for my next 5k, which I’ve signed up for. (Hot Chocolate 5k, on October 29th)
Have you had tried doing a 5k? Are you a seasoned runner? What’s the best part you’ve experience? What’s the worst?