You Will Never Forget the First Time: Reflections on My First 5K Race

Header - Post - Weight LossYesterday, I ran my first 5K race!  As you may recall, one of my fitness goals was to run my first 5K race during the Spring of 2013. Yesterday, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  SGK-Ring_of_RibbonsIn March, I realized that if I did not actually register for a race, I would not start training.  You know how it goes.  I needed that extra motivation.  The $40 registration fee was a good motivational tool!

My husband was my coach during the training.  He ran track as a youngster, so he shared his expertise with me.  My husband was a great support for me before, during and after the race.  As a part of my training, I did some running on the track near our home and on the treadmill at the gym.  Now that this race is complete, I will continue to train so that I can increase my speed and build my endurance.  I want to continue to run 5K races  My husband and I plan to run a 5K race together.  I am hoping to be ready by the Fall of 2013.

I am not a morning person, so I made the extra effort to get my running gear ready on Saturday night before I went to bed.  I am most productive at night, so I usually go to bed around 1:00 a.m.  I had to do some creative planning in order to get in bed by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night.  I did not make it, but I was in bed by 11:00 p.m.  That was the best that I could do.

Starting Line 1I woke up on time and we made our way to Livingston Mall to catch the shuttle to the race site at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey.  I am so glad that we decided to ride on the shuttle.  Parking at South Mountain Reservation was quite tight.  Before the race, we were able to take some photos and grab some of the freebies.  I was not expecting all of the freebies.  What a great surprise.

As I waited at the starting line, I started to focus on the information that my husband shared with me during my training.  I wanted to make sure that I completed the race injury-free.  I accomplished my mission.  I thought that I started the race in the middle of the pack, but I was closer to the front than I realized.  As we began the 5K journey, hoards of people passed me.  I resisted the urge to try to keep up.  “Be injury-free” was my mantra.  I focused on my training and decided not to be concerned about my pace.  I had my gospel music to keep me encouraged.  Mary Mary’s “Go Get It” and Shirley Caesar’s “Sweeping Through the City” got me through some tough spots.  A short 49:14 after the race began, I crossed the finish line!  My main concern is that I finished.  I finished without taking any short cuts.  I finished a goal that I set during April 2012.  I had never run before.  Ever.  Praise God for the progress!  You can view some more of the photos from the race by visiting the My Faith and Fitness Facebook fan page.

How are things going on your journey of good health and fitness?  How is your training progressing for this year’s race season?  What races are you planning to run?  Please share your goals and training regimen.  Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post, follow the blog on Twitter or request to join the Facebook Encouragement Group or become a Facebook Fan of the blog.  You can also complete the form on the Contact page.  Be injury free!  Stay encouraged.

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