So folks, without further ado, here is Rachael's race report:
OK, at the request of my dear sister Sarah I am writing a race report on my very first running race (The Jingle Bell 5k in Columbus, OH). I had never considered running since having several knee surgeries as a teen. Then working out all together went to the way side after having 2 little girls taking up all my time. But, after watching Sarah at her Ironman I decided its time to stop being lazy and push myself. I have missed working toward a goal and actually participating in an athletic event. I think it has been at least 15+ yrs since my last gymnastics meet J
So I bit the bullet, registered for a 5K and started the couch to 5K program.
The first few weeks sucked big time, I felt very out of shape and discouraged. However, I kept plugging away with each workout. I kept thinking how I am going to run 3 miles when 1 min seems like too much. Before I knew it I was running for 30 min and it wasn’t so bad J
On Race morning I felt nervous, like I had a gymnastics meet (I missed that feeling). When they said start I was just hoping my legs/knee would have a good day.
After the first ½ mile my right foot decided to be numb for no reason and I was a little worried I would want to walk. But I quickly got distracted watching everyone run by in their Christmas costumes and wished I had dressed up more festive. Before I knew it I only had another ½ mile to go.
To my surprise I actually finished (in a rather slow time 32 min) but I finished without walking. It was so much fun to hear people cheering through the finish line! I am very happy I decided to try something new and it feels good to have accomplished something. My goal was to just finish, but soon after I just felt a little mad that I didn't go faster ( guess I will have to sign up for another race!!!!) So looks like a 10K is in my future in March! It is nice to be out doing something for myself again J
Once again I am so proud of my sista and hope to run a race with her in 2013. Hint Hint - Cleveland RnR Half marathon Rachy :)
Happy Wednesday All