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My First 5k

by Meghann on June 9, 2009

This morning I awoke and walked the short distance to my apartment gym. The gym is nothing special with outdated equipment and mismatched weights, but it does allow some great cardio alternatives when running is temporarily not an option.

I decided to mix it up with 20 minutes of the elliptical, 20 on the stationary bike and then 10 on the treadmill where I walked an 8.0 incline at a speed of 3.0. I discovered one perk of not running, is the ability to read while working out. I knocked out a couple chapters of New Moon during my 50 minute session.

I know this is my second time reading the series, but its honestly just as addicting this time around as it was the first.

In my continuing effort to eat all of my fruit up before I leave Friday, my breakfast this morning was literally a big bowl of fruit.

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I had

  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Peach
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple

The sad part is that that isn’t even all the types of fruit I have in the fridge! I also have a mango and apples ready to be eaten. I’m telling you, my fridge is overflowing!

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I topped my ginormous fruit salad with Non-Fat Plain Yogurt and 1/2 cup of TJ’s Pecan Praline Granola.

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It was a great refreshing breakfast to start the morning with!

My First 5k….

Back in April I received an e-mail from a reader named Megan who was training for her first 5k and was curious about my first one.

Here is a little snippet of the e-mail:

I am running a 5k next month for my mother who is battling colon cancer. I have been training for about a month and worked my way up to about 3 miles. I was just wondering in the beginning when you started running did you feel like you where going to die?? or did running come easy for you? After the second mile today I was so wiped and I pushed myself another mile but I was hurting! I played sports in high school so I know I can run I am just having trouble getting back into it.

I happily responded with the story of my 5K, because yes one never forgets their first 5k!

My first 5k was the FSU Habitat for Humanity 5k on March 1, 2008. I was planning on running the one that occurred a week later, but at the last minute my sister agreed to run this one with me. She had ran it the year before and didn’t think much of it. She actually arrived at the site that morning a bit hung over!

I was pumped to run! I miss the small races in Tallahassee. We were able to register on site for $10 and could opt out of the t-shirt, which would have been an additional $5.

The race started on the FSU track and circled around the building before making a loop around the stadium and back. I have to be honest, before the first mile I was begging my sister to walk, but she told me to make it to at least the first mile marker. I made it there and then she told me to make it to the end of the parking lot. She kept pushing me but I did walk at mile 1.5 and through both of the water stations along the course.

3.1 miles felt like such a long distance back then! I wonder if I would have told myself back them that I would run 26.2 miles in a faster pace then I finished this 5k, if I would have believed myself.

Alas, I did finish in 33:37. Can you believe I was able to still find the stats online? I was VERY proud of this time and even announced it on my Facebook as soon as I got home. :)

Point of the story… we all start somewhere!

Now I would like to share you the e-mail Megan sent me this week after completing her first 5k.

I wrote to you a little over a moth ago asking about your first 5k! I have been waiting to congratulate you on your Marathon until after my race so I could share a little about my race as well! I am proud to say that I completed my first 5K today in a time of 31 minutes! I basically died the last mile but I pushed my way through and finished without walking (which was my goal). I love racing! I can see why you love it, it is totally addicting! I was just looking at 10K’s in my area for the fall and then I am going to sign up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in March! So I just wanted to thank you for the kind words about your first 5K. After hearing how much you struggled and that fact that you just completed a marathon I believe that one day I can rock the marathon too! It was a huge accomplishment and  you should be very proud! So thank you very much for making me believe I could do it and I did do it :-) Good luck on your next marathon! and have a good work week!

This e-mail made me smile! :) I wanted to you know, show it off.

Sometimes we forget our roots and just how big of a deal that first race is. We all have that first race that made us fall in love with running or reminded us we can accomplish something when we put our minds to it. We all trained hard and were all proud.

So for those of you who are waiting for that first race, this is my encouragement to get out there and do it! No matter what time you finish in, the point is you finished and did something that others didn’t.

And for all my racing superstars out there.. do you remember your first race? Was it a local 5k or 10k? Did you run it with a friend? Did you train hard? Were friends or family there cheering you on? let me hear it!

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