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I wasn’t even being chased

by Karen on March 27, 2010

This morning I finally ran a 5K after four months of training.

My first accomplishment was actually getting to the race and starting. I was convinced that it was too soon, and that I wasn’t ready. I almost backed out at the last minute.

But I made it there, and I ran the race. I’m not going to lie to you — it was hard. Today wasn’t just my first race — it’s the longest I’ve ever run in my life. I’d never run longer than a mile and a half in one stretch.

When I came to mile 1, it felt like I’d already been running for an hour. I made the mistake of training indoors on a treadmill, and running outside was a whole different experience. My lungs were burning with the chilly morning air. My legs ached as they hit the hard concrete. Several times during the race, I wondered if I could actually finish. I considered stopped, cutting through, and walking back to the car without finishing. But I kept going.

I was hoping I’d get a second wind as I hit mile 3. Instead, I just felt exhausted. I wondered how I’d actually get over the finish line.

At that moment, you’ll never believe what song randomly started playing on my iPod shuffle: “Eye of the Tiger.” I almost couldn’t believe it myself. I was going to finish my first 5K to “Eye of the Tiger”? It was too perfect. So I picked up the pace, pushed myself a little further, and I crossed the finish line.

My goal was to finish the race in under 40 minutes. I came in at 41:35. That’s roughly a 13:45 minute mile. My fastest speed is about 12:30 minutes per mile, but considering the fact that I’ve never run a full three miles, I’m cutting myself some slack for endurance.

I may have been slow by a seasoned runner’s standards, but I still crossed the finish line feeling like Rocky.

Photo by Tony, who was so proud when I crossed the finish line that he actually got misty eyed. :)

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1 The Non-Student March 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

Congrats, Karen! Bask in this moment. You did it, even though it was hard. You pushed through! And “Eye of the Tiger” is the best running song of all time.
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2 Mrs. Money March 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

AWW I am so proud of you!!
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3 Emily March 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Wow! Congratulations! Careful, you might be motivating me there… ;)

4 Abigail March 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Congratulations! That is awesome and very inspiring!
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5 Megan March 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Congratulations on your big finish!!! It was awfully cold this morning. You showed some serious determination just getting out there. Hope you had a chance to kick back and relax the rest of the day!
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6 Brittany March 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Congrats, Karen! I knew you could do it!! :)
I hope you treated yourself to a nice big lunch afterward as a reward.

7 Olivia March 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

Whoa! Way to go! You should be very proud of your training and accomplishment in finishing that race!
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8 Bobbi March 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Yeah! What a girl! That is totally awesome and you should be very proud!

9 Carla March 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

Congrats!!! That is a big accomplishment!

10 ctreit March 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

Way to go, Karen! As a seasoned runner I am always happy when I see somebody accomplish what you did. Welcome to the world of running! I hope you stick around for a while.
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11 anne March 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

That is awesome! Good work!
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