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I woke up today excited to be running in my first 5K. I purposely picked a small one since I've only been running for 4 months, I didn't want to be intimidated by a lot of really experienced runners. My kiddos decided 7:00am on Saturday morning was waaaaayyyy to early and DH was on his way to the UT/Baylor game with friends so I was on my own. No problem, I wasn't disappointed actually. I kind of enjoyed not having to deal with any of the typical family stuff this morning. So I got dressed, skipped breakfast. I normally run before breakfast. I grabbed a bottle of water and headed off to the gas station when I realized I didn't have a post race snack. I ran in and bought a bag of trail mix, filled the gas tank, and headed across town. I was in a good mood, legs felt good and it was a cool morning. I got to the race which started at the Leander Fire Dept., picked up my race packet, and chip. Then I watched other people to figure out where to put the chip and the bib. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Now I was ready to go, but the kids K started first. I wandered around for about 20 minutes until it was time for the 5K. We lined up. I moved to the rear of the group very close to the walkers because I didn't know my pace, but I was quite certain that I am not a fast runner. We started out all was good. I think I started a little too fast, but not too much faster than my normal pace. I got my breating under control when a couple of walkers passed me. Demoralizing, but I figured, my goal was to finish the race without stopping so I didn't worry about them. They weren't too much farther ahead of me. I was shocked when I got to the first mile marker and realized that I ran it in 15:16. That was near the bottom of the first hill which was a short steady incline. No problem. I was used to that. Get to a long flat area running through the neighborhood, declined the water that was offered, when I saw the bottom of another hill. This hill had to be the most ginormous hill I had ever attempted to run. I kept reminding myself that my goal was to finish without stopping to walk. I dug in and just kept moving. About halfway up, I looked up thinking I would see the end of it, when another part of the hill was revealed to me. Then I rememdered somebody's signature that says 'When you're going through hell, keep going' or something like that. I dug in. I got to the next mile marker at 30:36. When I finally reached the top, I got my breathing under control again and enjoyed the downhill run. I got to the flat keeping the two walkers and another guy who was walking/running in sight. I began seeing other runners who started before me. When I saw the finish, I began lengthening my stride only to realize I still had to go several blocks then go back around the other side of the road and back down those same blocks to the finish. I did get to run in with a guy pushing a baby who was right behind me all the way. I finished time was 45:49. I finished the whole thing without stopping to walk. I felt like I had a shot of adreniline (sp?) coursing through me all the way home. I called DH to tell him how I did and he and his friends thought my time was funny, but so what! I can smile. They laugh, but they are also amazed that I actually did it. I AM SO HOOKED ON RUNNING NOW! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Yay! So glad it was that rewarding.<br><br>
Every time I go out I raise my goals a little, but every time I rely on the runs and races behind me. I don't think my "big" races are any more of an accomplishment than the smaller ones that came before.<br><br>
You have a great start on one thing we all struggle with, the ego problem of dealing with other runners. There will always be someone who can beat us, so much better to stay focused on the pace you can run, not what others are.<br><br>
So what are you thinking of next? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thanks! Actually, there are two 10K's next spring. One in March and one at the end of April. I downloaded the KR 10K program and will probably begin working on that. But, I would like to do a few more 5k's over the winter.
 

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Congrats on your first race! I'm always happy when we have another convert. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Congratulations! Glad you were able to meet your goal of not stopping to walk, especially on the uphill as those can be tough if they're longer than expected. Enjoy yourself this weekend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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chosha2002 -<br><br>
It's stories like yours that always keep this sport fresh to me. To hear someone set a goal like you did, work hard, and accomplish that goal is just great. It's nice to see that you were able to keep running, even when that hill was looming ahead of you.<br><br>
Your pacing looks pretty consistent too, with a bit of a pick-up towards the end:<br><br>
mile 1 - 15:16<br>
mile 2 - 15:20<br>
5K (~1.1 miles) - 15:13<br><br>
Nice job!
 

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Good job <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Addicting, ain't it?<br>
I love race atmosphere-- even run "easy" it always gives a boost to the ole' motivation.
 

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Wonderful job, chosha! I agree with WO that running up a hill that is longer than expected can be very difficult, and you stuck it out. You have a great plan for your running future, too. Some 5Ks over the winter and working towards a 10K in the spring.<br><br>
You rock!
 

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woohoo, chosha!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers"><br><br>
Congratulations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Great job of digging in on the ginormous hill!!<br><br>
I'm glad you had such a good experience!
 

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I loved this part:<br>
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I AM SO HOOKED ON RUNNING NOW! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br>
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Congratulations!
 

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Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br><br>
I can't stop smiling now - your story made me so happy!
 

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Aaawww shucks.. Thanks guys... I'm looking for a new race in my area now. Another 5K that's within driving distance until I'm ready for my first 10K in April... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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WTG Chosha! The first race is always a memorable one, and it looks like there will be many more to come for you.
 

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Great job on your first 5k! Liked the way you stuck to your goal. Nice consistent pace too. Ive run several 5ks and my pacing is all over the place. Again, great job!
 

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Wooohooo Chosha!!<br>
You ran smooth splits and kept the positive vibes going.<br>
That by itself is quiet an accomplishment<br>
Really nice job,<br>
jjj
 
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