Florida Today 5K

All I have to say is 3.1 miles is FAR!  But Steph and I did it.  This morning at 7 AM we ran 3.1 miles without stopping!  I’m proud of myself because I thought I’d have to walk at some point or that I would, perhaps, collapse into a gasping, wheezing heap on the side of the road.  I was certain that all of the old people and children would kick my butt and some did.  But not all of them, surprisingly.  You see, I am not a runner and this is the first time I’ve ever done any kind of distance running.   Once around the block was my previous distance running experience…

Big Red drove Steph and I down to the race this morning.  It was about 55 degrees with clear skies- perfect conditions.  It was still dark when we left the house at 6:15 AM.  We found a miraculous parking spot in a very convenient lot.  Granted we had to jump the curb and drive across some grass to secure said spot…  But lucky for us the cops were busy managing the marathon, 1/2 marathon and 5 K routes.

We retrieved our little time keeping devices, secured them to our shoes with tie wraps and found the starting line.  After a few stretches and jumps to get warmed up we were ready to take off.  Somehow we ended up at the front of the pack on the actual starting line.  Needless to say, we were immediately passed up by more seasoned runners.  In fact, an old guy with bow legs passed us.  But we managed to keep a steady pace throughout the entire course and finished with a decent time in the middle of the pack.

J got the boys up early and met Big Red at the finish line.  They were all there cheering us on.  It was a very empowering experience.  I still cannot believe I actually did it!

The people who do half-marathons and marathons are my heroes.  The thought of running that far is amazing.  My poor knees shake and ache at the very thought of it!  I don’t think I’ll be attempting any of those races.  A measly 5 K is enough for me.

Im the one with the ponytail and purple tanktop under the balloon arch.

I'm the one with the ponytail and purple tanktop under the balloon arch.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angela
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 14:46:15

    Hooray for you! You are so brave, you are my hero!


  2. citystreams
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 18:37:07

    Way to go! That’s pretty fabulous. We ran the Peachtree road race about seven years ago. Then we decided that we have no desire to be runners. :o)


  3. One Scrappy Gal
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 21:30:09

    WAY TO GO!!!

    You are AWESOME!!!


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