Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My First 5K! :)

Well...I did it!!! :)

I ran my first 5K! 

And had the best little running partner around! :)

And made some new friends! :)

This is Catherine and her little girl!

We met in the group Moms Run This Town and met up for the first time to do the St. Patrick's Day 5K! :)

It was so nice to be able to talk to a fellow running mommy who just "understood".

As for the race...
It was at 4 in the afternoon. We got there at 2 because they had a St. Patrick's Day festival going on and we wanted to just sit and talk for a while before starting! And let our kiddos meet! :) Close to 4 we headed to the starting line to wait for the start. We were told that anyone with jogging stroller had to start at the back. It ended up being kind of difficult to maneuver through the walkers because of this. But I did...through a few anyway. lol 

Now I can go ahead and make plenty of excuses like...It was an afternoon run I was not ready for, It was SUPER windy (15-18 mph gusts), it was hot, I wasn't properly fueled, I hadn't drank enough that day because I didn't want to have to pee during the race, I was all excited in the morning and exhausted from chasing a 9 month old by the afternoon, this trail was different than what I was used to running in my Vibrams (aka major blisters), and I wore a running skirt that crept up and rubbed my stomach raw(my own stupidity lol)...yeah I could make all of those excuses...But I won't.

I will just say I did not feel I did my best. I know I can do better. I will do better! I must! For my own sake, I must do better!

BUT...I still made my goal! I set a goal a long time ago that for my first 5K I wanted to make it in at least 45 min. My time? 45 min. 36 seconds! I'm actually a bit proud of that! (This is absolutely embarrassing for me to admit...VERY embarrassing actually) I went from a 16-17 min mile when I started in January to a 14 min mile for this race!! I know this is soooo slow for some, but it's a big change for me! And I'm proud of it! And now I have an official time that I can beat next time! I was 

And yes...There will be plenty of other next time's! 
I'm a 5K junky now!

Catherine told me about a race through the Fort Worth Zoo coming up next month and I really want to run it! I won't be timed because I will have a jogging stroller (They are anti-jogging stroller lol), but I can still use my Garmin and Nike+ and just use it as a fun practice 5K! :) I hope I get to do it!

And this complete's my very first Race Recap! 

Here are some of the pictures from the race! 

I may have to order a couple of them just because it was my first race! :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tomorrow is the big day! :)

Tomorrow is my first 5K! So Excited! :)

Here is my official shirt and Race bib! 

This is my race outfit! 
I actually made the skirt from this Tutorial from Moms Run This Town!
I also made the headband! It's actually non-slip and when I tried it out yesterday for 4.5 miles, it never moved! I'm glad I can make my own now, since I'm a bit of a headband addict. :)

Have I mentioned that I am so excited! :)

I ran 2 miles yesterday and walked 2.5 more.
 I wanted to get in some miles, but also wanted to take it easy for Saturday. 
I'll be sure to let everyone know how it goes! :) Hopefully I will remember to get some pictures! :)

My baby girl (who is growing WAY to fast) had her 9 month doctor visit this morning!

She did so good! Only had to have one shot and cried for just a few seconds. Then she was back to happy baby! She's almost 20 lbs now! I'm beginning to feel that in my arms! lol :)

I just love her! She is so dern cute! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My First 5K! Finally! :)

I just signed up for my very first 5K!

This Saturday! Soooo Excited! 

I thought about it yesterday and asked my local Mom's Run This Town group if they new of any St. Patrick's Day Races this weekend and I was told about this one! One of the other ladies in our group will be meeting me there and we will run it together. They have a festival before the race, so the kids can play! I'm not sure how much Sophie can do, but I think she will have fun being outside and around people! They will have balloon animals also, so maybe I can get her one of those. :)

On Monday (yesterday) I ran my first 3.1 miles, without walking, with the jogging stroller! Since I hadn't run in over a week, I was pretty proud of myself! I was pretty upset with myself for not running in a week, so I was absolutely determined to make this one count! And I did! That's what helped me decide that it was time to run my first 5K! I've been putting it off for several reasons. The biggest was being just scared to do it by myself...But it's time for me to get over that, and time to rack up some race miles! I'm ready! :)

Also since the last time I've written, I took my daughter to the park!

This was her first time and she had an absolute blast! I've been looking for a park for a while now, and just happened to find this one and was so glad I did!
I met a fellow new mommy who has a 7 month old daughter who likes to swing too! :)
She likes to walk the trails around the park and then let her daughter play! We exchanged numbers so we can go walking together! We walked once last week, but it was sooooo windy that we had to cut it short. Then a storm moved in that afternoon and didn't leave until Sunday afternoon. We have plans to walk again this week, and I'm excited to just get outside and enjoy some adult conversation! Even if it is mostly about our adorable kiddos! :)

I am so excited for Saturday and am working on putting some green into a race day outfit! Can't wait! :) I'll let you know how it goes! :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)

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