Mission Accomplished! My First 5K!

I couldn’t be more proud of myself for reaching this goal.

Some thoughts:

My biggest fear was coming in last.  Yes, I know that someone has to be last, but I have worked my butt off over the past 2 years, and while a 5K may not be a huge deal for a lot of people, for me it was the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest.  I knew that everyone else in the race wouldn’t know my “story”, that at one time I weighed in at almost 340 lbs.   I not only wasn’t last, but out of about 60-70 people total, there were exactly 12 people who crossed the finish line after me.  So yes, I was near the back, but I don’t care.  I DID it, and I am proud.

My friend took these pictures for me.  🙂

Trying to get an app on my phone to record the route.  Nerves obviously got the better of me, as I didn't do it correctly.

Trying to get an app on my phone to record the route. Nerves obviously got the better of me, as I didn’t do it correctly.

I look scared...

I look scared…

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The charity the run was supporting.

The charity the run was supporting.

Pre-run pep talk.

Pre-run pep talk.

Trying to blend in with the athletes...

Trying to blend in with the athletes…

Group warm up.

Group warm up.

And we're off!

And we’re off!

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I knew there was at least one person behind me.  Found out afterwards there were 12.  So my biggest fear was averted.

I knew there was at least one person behind me. Found out afterwards there were 12. So my biggest fear was averted.

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I thought I would cry from the emotional aspect of how big this was for me, but I didn't.  My time was 43:29.

I thought I would cry from the emotional aspect of how big this was for me, but I didn’t. My time was 43:29.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rainy Writer
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 01:41:23

    I am not sure what race this is really from … but …

    Congratulations!

    And this was a spur of the moment 5K … NICE! Are you now looking to add another 5K before your May one? Isn’t the event runs just … EXCITING! Lots of energy.

    By the way … you mentioned here that you looked “scared.” Nawww … you look like ….

    A RUNNER 🙂

    Reply

    • dancemom27
      Feb 17, 2014 @ 02:08:29

      Aw, thank you. Truthfully, I felt like an imposter there, but I know that was in my head. I truly WAS scared that morning. And yes, 2.5 days before the race, my husband read about it in the local paper and this event started and ended literally a 3 minute drive from my house. He talked me into trying it as a kind of benchmark for the one in May. It was a small one too (first year) with only 60 odd people. Before I could think too much about it, I registered. Now I’m glad I did.

      Reply

    • dancemom27
      Feb 17, 2014 @ 02:09:41

      Oh, and I haven’t decided whether to do another one before May. I am tempted…is this the beginning of a habit? LOL

      Reply

  2. Jill
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 03:58:45

    Great accomplishment!!! Congratulations!!!

    Reply

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