I watched people walking in and out and texted with a friend who majorly calmed my nerves. (Thank you Roni!!!) I finally got out of the car and went and lined up.
I'm a few rows back checking my armband lol. The people in the front were doing a 5 mile run! They rock! I think I started a little too fast, so I had to start taking it back a few notches. My goal was to run 10 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 10 minutes etc. In the midst of my first 10 minute running stretch someone honked at me and I looked up to see my hubby and kids parked across the street waving at me. That was the best feeling EVER!! I know I smiled so big! That was probably my favorite part of the race. I was able to run for 10 minutes and then I started walking and at the 5 minute mark of walking I wasn't ready to run again lol. I ended up walking for about 10 minutes because the route went up into the hills which were sandy and rocky and I didn't want to twist my ankle. Once we hit pavement again I ran for another 10 minutes, walked for 5 and then ran the last 8 minutes or so. I finished with a time of 43 minutes (gotta check the official time when the post it). As I ran through the finish line a friend of mine I haven't seen in at least a year was standing there and she gave me a big hug! THAT was awesome! Her husband ran the 5 miler and he won 1st place!! Anyhow I grabbed a Gatorade and a Cliff bar and sat down to process what had just happened.
I'm pretty proud of myself! I wanted to at least finish in 45 minutes so I did that! I am way more proud of this 5k than the Dirty Dash because I feel like I really did my best on this one! I'm contemplating running the Turkey Trot 5k in November! Woohoo!