Thursday, June 26, 2014

our first 5k

when i made my 30 by 30 list, i put "run a race" on there because i've always wanted to do it! of course, i never really enjoyed running so i figured i would put it off as long as i could.

then my husband & i were trying to figure out a way we could both fit more exercising into our lives because we were so sporadic with it. we figured that running together would be the easiest thing to work into our schedules & since we were doing it together it would help keep us accountable. so that's why in April we signed up for our very first 5k!


at the time we signed up, we had the exact number of weeks to use the Couch 2 5k training program for our race! C25K eases you into running & i think this was the most important thing for me - because it helped me build my muscles with baby steps. i think that's why i never enjoyed running before, because i always thought you had to run the whole time and i just couldn't so i would quit. but this whole run/walk thing i can handle!

we actually got through about 4 1/2 weeks of the training. obviously, we hoped we could have finished the entire training before our first race, but we didn't let it discourage us! we set a goal of finishing under 50 minutes because we knew we were going to have to walk/jog it! the course was also harder than where we trained, and i didn't think it would be. we trained in a hilly neighborhood near our house but they were very short hills. the race had very long hills, so we were constantly at an incline. but i am so proud of us for sticking through it & helping each other keep going!


we started at the dead back of the group because we didn't want to get trampled by everyone. since it was our first race we weren't really sure what to expect when 350 people all starting running at the same time! there were actually a lot of people that started off walking though.

the first mile is pretty much all downhill, but the second mile is pretty much all uphill! we made it 2 miles in just under 30 minutes and i was pretty impressed! we were both pretty exhausted by then though because we had only run about 2.1 miles at one time in our training. the third mile was a mixture of uphill & downhill which was nice because the downhill gave my legs some relief. the last stretch was uphill and it was tough.

right before the finish line, they had a cop telling you where to go and cheering you on. that was really neat! when we saw him, we starting sprinting as fast as we could & i remember him shouting "that's the way to finish strong!" which helped me keep going. we sprinted all the way to the finish line and finished just under 47 minutes!

after we finished, we made a b-line to the water & they even had shaved ice trucks there! every runner got a free shaved ice so that was neat! then we walked over to the finish line & watched the rest of the people finish!


it was interesting seeing all of the people that came out. there were about 350 people in total running so that was awesome! there were a few speed walkers that really flew through the course and i was impressed. the fastest time was 16 minutes - 3.1 miles in 16 minutes! that's about how long it takes me to run 1 mile. kid's got skills.

although the hills were tougher, i didn't feel as winded during the race as i have during training. my legs weren't even really sore during the entire run. when we first started it was all downhill for the first mile and my shins were hurting like crazy. but eventually they either quit hurting or my legs were numb and i couldn't feel them. the only mishap i had was that my music wouldn't play - i used an internet based radio app and it kept going in and out. it's hard for me to run without music so i'm going to be putting some music on my phone before the next race!

the race wasn't as daunting as i thought it would be really. because we only had a few weeks of running under our belts, i was worried it would completely dominate us. but it was fun & i can't wait for our next one! we enjoy running now & are glad to be exercising regularly now as well! i'm excited to keep getting stronger & have a few months of running behind us for our next race! :)

and thank you to all of you who have been an encouragement to me through our training! there have been so many sweet and encouraging emails, comments, instagram comments, etc. and i really appreciate it! it's nice to be encouraged by runners who have been at this for years! 

do you have any tips for my next 5K?


26 comments:

  1. You are such a rockstar!!! Thanks for the inspiration for me to keep up the work on my training!

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  2. This is such a great accomplishment, you both should be so proud of yourselves! Congrats :)

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  3. Congratulations! It's so cool that you and your hubby trained together. What a great way to get some quality time in (hello, love languages!) while gettin' on your fitness!

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  4. Congrats, girl! That's awesome! :)

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  5. woohoo! y'all made it happen!!! 5ks area always so fun, i need to sign up for another one myself! (also yay for shaved ice!)

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  6. My tip is to sign up for another one now!!! It keeps you motivate to always have a race ahead of you.
    Isn't it crazy how fast the winners come in at... I always say I get my moneys worth from a race. I'd hate to pay, drive & only be out there for 16 minutes :) haha

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  7. Great job Robyn! Yay for setting a goal and accomplishing it! That is such a good feeling! :)

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  8. Way to go - that's totally awesome that you found an activity you can train and do together! When is your next 5k? My advice? Don't stop! You can get out of running shape quicker than you think, and you don't want to lose all the progress you've made.

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  9. Congrats on finishing your first race. I ran (well mostly walked) my first and only 5k in November. Glad to hear that you plan on keep racing.

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  10. So proud of you! Sounds like you guys had a good time. Yay! I hope you feel super accomplished :)

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  11. Great Job!!! What a finish, with shaved ice at the end!

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  12. thanks for the encouragement, Jess! :) it was SO great to do this with my husband & i am not sure if i could have done it without him!

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  13. thanks Caroline! :) i can't believe that i got my husband to run with me but i so enjoy sharing that with him! :)

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  14. ha - thanks! you will do so great in yours - can't believe it's just a month away!!

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  15. thanks Caitlin! it felt great to actually get out there & do it! even though we fell way behind in our training - it was awesome to be able to finish it!

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  16. thanks Amy! i am so surprised that i got him to do it with me! :) i love sharing running though because now we get to run together & just have that extra bonding! :)

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  17. yes! i cannot believe we actually finished! how many have you done so far? i can't wait to do another one & actually be able to run most of it this time! :)

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  18. that is a great tip! :) and having something to work towards is definitely the best motivation for me! hahaha you are so right! at least we got our money's worth!! :) love that!

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  19. thanks Amy! it was so amazing to just finish it!! :)

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  20. thanks Jenny! i am so surprised that my husband agreed to run with me! but it's so neat to share that with him & have something that we can do together that is beneficial to our health too!


    that is some great advice! and i believe it about getting out of shape! i think we are planning on doing a 5k with my sister in September so that is motivation!

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  21. thanks Leelee! it was so awesome to just finish it! :)

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  22. thanks Amanda! we do feel accomplished - just finishing the first one! :) thanks for all of your encouragement! :)

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  23. thanks Lauren! i have never enjoyed shaved ice more! :)

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  24. thank you Jaelan!! it really is crazy how much better my whole body feels from consistently running! i love it & that is motivation to keep at it! wow - you are a rock start!! :) thanks for your advice - i can definitely see how being consistent is so important! taking a week off from running really showed me that i've gotta stick to it! :)

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