Thanksgiving 5k!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Guess what? I ran my first 5k today. I ran slow, and I didn't even run the whole time, but overall, I really enjoyed the experience... and I learned a few lessons along the way.

Lesson One: Learn to dress.

Ok, I'm new at this whole running thing. I started this summer. I have no idea how to dress for running when it's cold outside. It was around 39 degrees when I left the house at 8:15 a.m. [the race started at 9]. All I had were cotton capri pants, but I did have shirts to layer, and layer I did. I wore a t-shirt, a long-sleeved cotton shirt, and a zip-up fleece. I had thin gloves & my friend Kim loaned me an ear warmer/headband. So my legs were cold, but overall I was fine.

Kim and I ran the first 1.5 miles straight, and then I asked to stop & walk two blocks. It wasn't long after we started running again that I was feeling overheated. I had to stop again so I could take off my fleece. It sounds simpler than it was, because I had stupidly pinned my race number over the zipper on my fleece. So it took a while to unpin, take off the fleece, tie it around my waist, repin the number to my long-sleeved shirt, etc. The gloves & the ear band quickly came off, too. So the whole clothing thing was annoying.

Lesson learned: Layer, but be prepared to shed said layers.

Lesson Two: Prepare your music {and iPod} ahead of time.

I typically run with my iPhone and Pandora's work-out station. The race started, but I couldn't get my iPhone to work. Pandora kept breaking up, which made me think I didn't have good 3G reception. So I tried to switch to my iTunes, but it kept breaking up, too. I discovered in the last leg of the race that my headphones weren't fitting tightly into the earphone jack because of my new phone case. And I was fighting with my gloves all the while, mind you, because I couldn't control my iPhone while they were on. AND, yes, I was running at the same time. Annoying! For the last 1/2 mile of the race {after I shed my fleece}, I put the headphones around my neck and just played Pandora out loud. So no, it wasn't a tragedy, but it was frustrating to fight with that stuff almost the whole time.

Lesson learned: Figure out your music {and headphones} ahead of time. And maybe buy an iPod shuffle, because the iPhone is kind of bulky to run with.

Lesson Three: Learn perspective {somehow}.

The third time I walked was toward the end when I was feeling discouraged & tired. I slowed to a walk, rounded a turn, and saw the finish line in the distance. Well, SHOOT! Had I known I was that close, I wouldn't have stopped to walk. I think that's the thing I disliked the most about the race -- and the reason I prefer to run on a track instead of just randomly through neighborhoods, etc. I like to know how far I've gone and how far I have to go. I wish the race would've had a marker at each mile or half mile. That would've helped.

Lesson learned: Well, I don't really know how to fix this one. Find a race that's marked? {Runners: do those exist?}

Overall, I'm so glad I did it... and I want to do another one soon. I can't believe I'm saying that! And if you know me, you can't believe it either. :) Now I'm off to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family.* I hope you're doing the same with yours!

*My family minus my sweet Grammy. It's my first holiday without her. I like to think she's proud of me for running my 5k. And I'm going to try to enjoy all of the food like she would -- grateful for each taste. I miss her like crazy. I love you, Grammy!


Ashley M said...

Soooooo, so proud of you Beth! You learn so many things in your first race and they stick with you -- I promise you will not have layer/bib issues next time ;) And most races are marked for the very reason you like to run on a track! It helps the runners keep on course and lets them know where they are. I'm surprised it wasn't marked, so look forward to that perk in future races!!! Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

Amanda said...

Oh dear, we should do a double date and John and I can give you race tips.

Kari said...

Let's do a winter 5K together soon! :)

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