Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Race

So I was pretty much a jumble of nerves this morning, only because I had never done anything like this before. So I park at my friend's condo which was a few blocks away from the start. I walk down to the starting area and of course I have to pee because that's what happens when I am nervous. A friend of mine from gym class, who we have been meaning to exchange contact info, was the one who suggest I run. Of course this was earlier in the week like Monday are Wednesday. I decide on Thursday I would run and we had planned on bringing our business cards on Friday. She wasn't in class. Ok, well I had paid my race fee so I was doing this thing. This morning I was standing around and I ran into a girl I went to grad school with. She has done a few races before, so I was pretty much at ease by this point. We basically stood around the start for 10 minutes and then all of the sudden we were off and my music was going. I actually put together a pretty good play list. You know, since I am not a seasoned runner by any means I don't have practice at this sort of thing.

Umm it was hot.

And slightly hilly, well more of a gradually incline (and decline too!)

And did I mention it was hot for 7:30 AM?

I didn't realize how much warmer it is at 7:30 AM than at 5 AM. So I was running along and my two goals were to not walk and to finish under 30 minutes. I knew I could do the no walking thing but I was unsure about the 30 minute thing. Usually when I run in boot camp the distance and time is never measured. We just run.

So here's the playlist:

Picture 1

About 100 yards before the finish, Play Your Part (Part 1) by Girl Talk came on and it was perfect. (I highly suggest listening to Girl Talk if you run.) I was able to pick up my pace for the last part.

And so I finished at some point in the 28 minute mark! I am not really sure what my exact time is yet because I was so excited to see 28 minutes that the seconds didn't really matter.

Oh and another thing. I wore shorts. In public. This is huge people.

I am off to breakfast with some friends.


hootenannie said...

1) You beat my time.
2) You looked AWESOME when I saw you - even after running the race.
3) You are a rock star. Congrats on your first 5K!

So. We should probably hang out soon, yes?

*Christie* said...

WHOOOO HOOOO!!! You totally ARE a rock star, woman! Great job!!!! I hope you feel very accomplished :-D

Nikki said...

That is awesome, Sarah! Congrats!!

Sarah said...

Thank you all for your support!

Annie! Yes we need to hang out soon and catch up. I'll send you a message.

esther said...

I'm so fucking proud of you!

Susan said...

Shorts in public is HUGE...for me too! Great job!!

24 Months to Monaco said...


I have Panic! on my runnin'Pod too! (Well, now it's a walkin'Pod ;)) And I just downloaded Matt & Kim a couple of weeks ago. It's unbelievable what music can do for your workout.