Sunday, August 28, 2011

My 1st 5k

Bad News: I ended up injured and had to walk most of it. I had been jogging/walking a 5k for a few weeks at at time of about 42 min. I would do a 5 min warm up, jog 5 min, walk 1 min, jog 3 min, walk 1 min, jog 3 min...etc. Well, I really really wanted to break 40 min, so on race day I cut out my 5 min warm up. On top of that I decided I wanted to jog as far as I could witout stopping before I started my 1 min walks. DISASTER!!!!! First, I felt pain on the side of my leg from my ankle to my knee. Then it got to a point where every time I stepped using my left leg I got a sharp pain that shot straight up to my hip and head. Everyone keeps telling me it sounds like sciatic nerve issues. I stayed off my feet all day yesterday and I am much better today although not 100%. So, changing my routine I ended up hurt and with a much slower time (52:36).

GOOD NEWS: I finished! It's good that I am blogging about this today and not yesterday. Yesterday I was in a really bad mood because I was upset about my time. I mean I was REALLY in a foul mood after the race. My parents were concerned about my leg and I was concerned about my time. Today I am proud of myself for even finishing. It may not have been the race I wanted, but I finished and I have learned NOT to deviate from my routine on race day. Other good news...I jogged a mile. I don't think I've jogged a mile without stopping since middle school (I'm 29 now)! That 1st mile was right at 13 min. I was super excited (before crazy pain kicked in)! They had people stationed along the route to encourage you and I really liked that!

My bib

This is the t-shirt we received, and I can always use new t-shirts, so I LOVED this!

Tuscaloosa's mayor...he's training for a marathon right now

Me...limping across the finish line

final "glad that's over pic" lol!  I could not even fit into this shirt in May (when the race was originally scheduled..yaya for weight loss!)


  1. A W E S O M E!!!!!!!!!! I am SO PROUD of you!!!!!! :D :D :D :D

  2. Congrats!!!!! A 13min mile is very good! That C25K program helped out a lot, didn't it? You did very well. Did you get all of your stretching in before the run?