My first 5k and the beginning of my racing life! It was at Charlotte’s airport which was really neat. It was so cold that morning it was in the 30s. What I have come to find out is that I need more warm running clothes. I also was worried if I could run the whole thing. But I ran with my friend who just ran a half marathon a few weeks ago, so I knew she was more trained for this and had to keep up.
The first mile seemed easy cause I was distracted following my friend weaving in and out of the crowd to pass people. I should have put my map my run app on but for some reason didn’t. So I had no clue how far or hast we were going, which my friend used to her advantage. She was running around a 9 minute pace since she thought we could do it cause it was so flat (I just had no idea during the run). But near the end I started to lose her, and there were some issues I didn’t know how far we had ran. It was also so cold in the morning I had so many layers on, I got really hot during the run. All of this combined I thought I was going really slow, especially when a lady passed me pushing a double wide stroller of kids. So it was very surprising when I saw the clock had 30 minutes on it when I was nearing the finish line.
I finished it in 30:29 which is a 9:49 pace. Woah way faster than what I usually am. Out of the whole thing I placed 362/1644 which is the top 22%, granted there were a lot of little girls there for girls on the run, but still this still feels great for how long I have been running. For females I placed 129/1116 which is 11.5%. Still very proud of myself, especially since I don’t quite consider myself a real runner yet. So excited for more races.