Sunday, September 25, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 6 Review - The Harvest Moon 5K

This week, I ran my VERY FIRST 'real' 5K. I was thinking I was doing pretty great in my running and thought this should be easy. Nope. Not easy.




Mr. Incredible ran with me. I thought that was super sweet. He also did not train. Like at all. And I had 5 solid weeks behind me. I was thinking he would start out strong and lose steam and I would prance by like a gazelle . . . more about that later.

So we arrive over an hour early because I was nervous as all heck. I knew I would finish the race. I also knew I wouldn't necessarily place so I wasn't nervous about the competition. I was mostly nervous on race etiquette. Like - what if I committed some 5K faux pas ? I knew there would be very serious runners there. What if I did something dumb that angered them?! We collected our bibs and t-shirts and headed back to the car to wait . . . I took a couple selfies - of course!


So finally it was time for the kid's race (adorable) and then before I knew it - the starting gun went off! I was full of adrenaline and ran almost the entire first mile. Until I realized that I almost ran the entire first mile and I started this mental freak-out that I would run out of energy if I kept running and I wouldn't make it to then end - and so I started walking. I alternated walking and running for the remainder of the race. The course was along the shores of Lake Michigan - a straight line towards Carthage College, turn around, and a run back to the start line. Just before the 2 mile mark there was a photographer taking pics of people right after they turned and were returning. I was super excited and made a mental note to remember where the photographer was and make sure I was RUNNING at that part. I spend the next leg of the race trying to figure out what I would do for the camera and decided on a cheesy smile and a double thumbs up. Classic, right? Well much to my disappointment when the slow runners like me made it - there was no more picture taking. Here is my picture.


Womp womp....

But I made it to the end. My time was a personal best and I placed 156th out of 200. Oh and Mr. Incredible? Pulled away from me immediately and finished an entire 14 minutes before me. With zero training. Seriously?! 


There were apples, oranges, donuts, and beer post-race. I know - confusing. Why one would run over 3 miles and then think you know what I really need right now? Beer and a doughnut! Well apparently many people must.  Mr. Incredible already had 3 beers down by the time I got there and enjoyed my oranges and bottle of water.

I only ran one other time during week 6 and I was SORE! It was an easy run to try and recover. That 5K kicked my butt - even though I was in 156th place.

There are also no medals for 156th place. I asked.


 (To follow my journey from the start - view all my running posts.)

31 comments:

  1. Way to go on the race! I can't wait till I have this baby and get back into running!

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  2. That is so awesome! What a great accomplishment! I keep telling myself that I can do that one day!

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  3. Great jump on the race. You did it and should be very proud. I have yet to do a race - I need the courage!

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  4. Hey, you went there, finished the race and got to pat yourself on the back for finishing, who needs a medal when you can do that! I think it's awesome that you never gave up and just kept going. It's quite an achievement!

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  5. Congrats on finishing the race. A medal would have been nice, but it doesn't really matter.

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  6. You're amazing, girl! You Rock it. I'm glad that you kept the race and never gave up.

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  7. Well done on your first race! always daunting but you have to start somewhere?! I you think beer and donuts is bad you haven't seen the beer race where you have to drink a beer at every Kilometer of a 5k haha, now that is gross!

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  8. Congrats on finishing the 5K!! Huge props! The first race is always the hardest. I'm interested with how you like the couch to 10K program. When is your 10km race?? Good luck1

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  9. There might not have been any medals for you but well done for for doing 5 K. It is a lot harder than people think!

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  10. Wow, congratulations on your achievement, I hope one day to be able to complete a 5K run. I am just too scared to try and fail.

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  11. I love this. I really would love to get into running. I bet you get an accomplished feeling when you finish a race!

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  12. Congrats girl on making it through the 5K! you rock it's very inspiring for people like me who can't run.

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  13. It is confusing that they have doughnuts and beer post race but that's probably exactly what I would want to gobble after running! And hey - 156th place is better than laying on the couch! Congrats on finishing the 5K.

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  14. Congratulations for running! I'd almost consider it, to get a doughnut at the end! I am sure it is about replacing fuel in your body. Carbs make quick fuel.

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  15. WAY TO GO, girlfriend! I so admire you for being able to run. Running really hurts my knees and lungs but it can be SO good for your body. Keep up the awesome work.

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  16. I love seeing your progress with this each week! I want to do another race so bad, but I've been out of the running game for too long! You've been a huge encouragement for me to do it again!

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  17. So awesome that you finished and ran your best time! I really like the post run spread they offered. What goes better with a donut than beer? :-)

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  18. I remember my first 5k like it was yesterday. Congrats on the race. It's going to be such great practice for Wine & Dine. Running on the Boardwalk is a little odd though. At least for me!

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  19. Congratulations on running this!!! I remember my first time running... those mind games are the WORST unless you get control of them! That was always my challenge in running. I love the scenery for your race, too. Talk about inspiring! Thanks for encouraging me!

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  20. Great job on the race. It sounds like it was a fun atmosphere. I would want a beer and doughnut at the end too.

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  21. This post comes right on time for me. I haven't ran a 5K yet thought I've gotten close to the distance just running on my own. To be honest...I'm scared I won't be able to finish. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Congratulations on finishing the race! I have yet to even attempt one of those and at my current fitness level, there's no way I could complete one.

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  23. Congratulations on your first 5K! That is awesome! Isn't it crazy how men can pull out stuff like that in the end?! Keep up the good work!

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  24. Since I'm not a runner, I think making it to the end is accomplishment not matter what the place. You should be so proud of yourself for even trying, especially since you succeeded.

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  25. That sounds like how my husband would be. I just don't get it! That is a huge accomplishment, good job! You should be very proud. Keep it up!

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  26. Kudos to you! My friend travels the world and runs and she says it has been an empowering experience. Keep at it...you will inspire many!

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  27. Kudos to you! My friend travels the world and runs and she says it has been an empowering experience. Keep at it...you will inspire many!

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  28. Awesome accomplishment on finishing 5K! I have done the same when I tried to get into running...started with a 5K. Good luck and more power to your endeavor.

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  29. Congrats on finishing the race. That's amazing. You deserved that doughnut after all that to!

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  30. Omg congrats on the race!!!! I know how much work goes into preparing for one so great job on completing it!

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