Well, I did it!
I finished my first 5k! It was rainy, it was tough, but I got through it.
On Sunday morning, I woke up to this:
Venturing out into the pouring rain was NOT fun, but Chris and I made our way to Braintree, parked and headed into the registration building. We had about an hour to kill before the race so we did some warm-ups, picked up our bibs and waited around.
I wish I had my camera at the beginning of the race. I have never experience such an adrenaline rush. I couldn’t shake the chill going down my spine after I heard the words, “Get ready, get set, Go!”
Mile one went crazy fast. We started heading up a hill when I saw Allie and Sara, standing in the pouring rain, holding a sign for me. I sped up even faster.
I didn’t wear my Garmin because I didn’t want to keep looking down at my watch, so I had no idea what pace I was at. Luckily, Chris was with me and keeping track, but he never told me how fast I actually ran the first mile until the race was over. Mile 1: 8:05!
Now it makes sense why the race went downhill from here. I went way too fast! The second mile made me want to stop and crawl into bed. I wore myself out.
At this point, Chris kept saying, “Come on, you can do this!” My mind said, “Speed it up!” My body said, “I’m dyinngggg.”
I finished in 31:22. It wasn’t my ideal time, but I DID IT!
I couldn’t believe I actually ran a race!
Now I have this to hang on my wall
I still can’t believe it happened. It’s over. It’s a blur. My legs are still killing me. But I did it!