This was the best part - seeing Blake and Anna cheering me on at the end of the race.
This morning I ran my first official race, the 5K Dexter-Ann Arbor run. I'm not positive why I haven't signed up for a race in the 15 years that I've been running. I used to run 10K easily, and I loved reaching that personal goal. I am, of course, all about goals and having something to work toward. Maybe a part of me felt like the pressure of a race might make running feel more like a have-to than a want-to.
That couldn't happen in this case. I signed up for the run on Thursday, so there was no training involved. I'd been thinking about it, but knowing all that we have going on with the house, I figured I'd just wait and see how I felt at the end of the week. I've only been running once per week, with Spinning and yoga filling up my other exercise time slots; however, each time I run it's between three and four miles, so it wasn't a question of whether or not I could do it. Rather, I wondered what my pace would be.
My watch is long gone. I can't even remember when I stopped timing myself, and even when I did, I was never very concerned about increasing my pace. I've always been a slow runner. I'm happy to cruise along at a 10-minute mile pace, meditating all the way. So, this was one of my goals today: determine a baseline pace. Along with that, I wanted to have fun. And, I just knew I'd feel good having finally run a race, no matter what happened with my time. Hopefully, I can run a bit more this summer, improve my pace in a few 5K's, and maybe I'll tackle a 10K as well by the end of it.
As expected, I DID have fun, even if my time was pretty slow: 29:33. At least it won't be that hard to see improvement!
Alicia ran too - she just started running recently and did 5k for the first time ever today!