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I started the C25K program August 6 with an end goal of using this 5k as my last run of the program. My goal was to run at a 12 minute mile pace and finish with no walking. I am proud to say that I acomplished both goals. Here is how the day went...<br><br>
The race started in a park about 5 minutes from my house but ended at the beach 2 miles north. So, dh and dd dropped me off at the park and were going to be at the finish to cheer me on and pick me up. We ended up leaving the house 10 minutes later than I had planned due to an issue with my contacts...ugh. I got there in plenty of time to affix my chip on my shoe and use the restroom. (It was a real one at the park, what a nice surprise). We started in a soccer field in a mass group. They asked the walkers to head to the back but they didn't. The start was narrow since they just removed some fence sections to allow the crowd out on the street. I got really caught behind walkers walking 4 and 5 across! That was ok though because once we were out on the main part of the course there was plenty of room and I was able to feel cool passing people...even though they were walking. The course was two miles north on Federal Hwy (US-1) for those of you familiar with the roads in FL. We actually started in Lighthouse Point and ran to another city (Deerfield Beach). The first mile I was a little slow...which I attribute to getting caught up at the start. The second mile was surprisingly easier and came quicker and I made up for the slow start and was back on my pace exactly. Mile 3 was the hardest as we took a right turn and started running east towards the beach. The wind was around 10mph off the beach making it seem tougher. Then the cruelest part of the race was about 1/3 of a mile from the finish, a drawbridge over the intercoastal. The bridge wasn't asphalt, but a metal grate and you could see the water underneath through it. I slowed down cause it freaked me out a bit. Once you were on the bridge though you could see the finish. I could spot my dh and dd...she was on his shoulders and he is 6'7" so pretty easy to spot in a crowd...so I picked it up and ran that last quarter or so as hard as I could. I finished in 37:29 which is only 4 seconds off my goal mile pace and I didn't walk a bit. Someone at the finish line gave my two year old a race tshirt to match mine, which she was really proud of.<br><br>
I hope this will help the others in C25k or similiar 5k training programs know that you can finish a 5k at the end of your program. I did the program by time not distance and had never ran 3 miles before my race yesterday. I wasn't the fastest or the slowest but I think it was a great graduation from the C25k! I would also like to mention that I have already signed up for my 2nd 5k at the end of the month...lol.
 

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Good job. You should be able to remember the first one for a long time. Good luck at your next one, just be careful that you don't get addicted.
 

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Meeting your goals, running the furthest you've ever run before, having a supportive family cheering you on--way to go, Birdie!<br><br>
Happy training for your next race.
 

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Way to go Birdie. And congrats on finishing C25K. That was an excellent dubut into racing. You trained, set a challenging but attainable goal and ran to you're target.<br>
Great race report.<br>
Keep up the good work<br>
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Congratulations Birdie! That's a great time for a 1st 5K at the end of the c25k plan. Better than mine was by about 3 minutes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> You'll keep getting better and better, I promise!
 

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That's a great time for your first 5K, Birdie. Congratulations - the first one is always a memorable one, and now you've got much more to look forward to.
 
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