AFCEA 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN
APRIL 12, 2008 (Saturday)
ROAD RACE: 3.1 MILES (5K)
COLUMBIA GATEWAY CROSSING
I finished my first race (AFCEA 5k) in Columbia, Maryland. Yeah!!
As I posted before, I did a pre-run/walk of the course and finished in 49 minutes on Thursday. Then I got sick with a stomach virus. My doctor said no pain killers because it would make it worse but water should help ease the pain and cramps. I drank a lot of water on Thursday and Friday and it worked.
I got up this morning, made my kids breakfast, showered and dressed them for one of their lacrosse games (Daddy was taking them). I got to the race site at 7:45am and race time was 9am. They provided breakfast for everyone consisting of eggs, bacon, potatoes, fruit, yogurt parfait, water and coffee. Who eats all that before running!!
I was getting anxious so I went back and sat in my car until 8:30 and ate half of a dry bagel and water.
Finally, we lined up and my friend and I went towards the back since we are new and slow runners. Off we go. We started at a light jog and to my surprised turned right. What!! When we did the pre-run/walk, we went left according to the course directions and the long hill was at the first half mile mark. Turning right means the hill is at the end!! We are going to be exhausted by the time we get to it.
Anyway, we keep going and we finished the first mile at 14:38, then the 2-mile mark was 30:14. We walked the hill as fast as we could and jogged downed lightly to pick up our momentum.
Finally the finish line!! I came in at 46:48, runner 274 of 298 total runners. Not bad. This wraps up week 4 of C25K.
Goal: finish the race
Bonus: not come last
Result: Goal and bonus accomplished.
This week I walked/ran 10 miles, the most ever. Usually I average 6 miles.