Remember that 5k I registered for when I first started C25k? The one that was supposed to be my first 5k? Yes, that one. Well, it was today. I even made a tutu to wear!
There were over 20,000 registered runners/walkers. It was INSANE. When the gun went off I was still walking towards the starting line going in the opposite direction. I squeezed in and crossed the starting line over two minutes after the gun went off. This race was not officially timed, my time came from my Garmin. I wasn’t planning on running it, or at least not racing it. I planned on walking and taking it easy. Yeah well, that didn’t work out. I ran…hard. There was a killer bridge that slowed me down a bit. The course went up the bridge twice and the second time I walked about a quarter of the way up since I had already made great time and I was TIRED. I still managed to run my fastest 5k yet by almost 5 minutes.
I was definitely popular with the crowd. Everyone had something to say about the tutu. I heard everything from “That is SO cute!” to “I can’t believe I got passed by a tutu!” to people wanting to get a picture taken with me. I had a great time.
My finish time (not gun time) was 32:05. That is 4 minutes and 44 seconds faster than my first 5k less than one and a half months ago. Not too shabby. Training for the 10k, which means running much longer distances than before, has definitely made me faster.