This past Saturday i run my first 5K. I didn’t take part in an official race or anything like that. I just went out for a morning run and covered 5+Km.
My day started at 5am when my alarm went off. I hit the snooze button till 5:15 which is when i actually got out of bed. I got dressed, put my hair up in a bun, grabbed my phone and keys, had a mouthful of water and was out the door at 5:27. I didn’t have green tea like i normally would because i’ve noticed that having anything before my run makes me nauseous (one time, I came so close to throwing up). I can’t even have a glass of water! But because i need to have something, a mouthful of water is what i go for. Thats all i can handle at the moment.
Anyway, a minute or two into my run, i struggled a bit. Maybe it was because of how cold it was. I don’t know…but after a short while i got comfortable and just went with the flow. Less than a mile in, i met another runner. (By the end of my run, i had come across 4 other runners).
The first 2 miles (3.2Km) were easy. I remember the first time i run 2 miles without stopping…it was hard, but i was over the moon. Now, that doesn’t faze me. Before Saturday, i had never attempted to go beyond 2.14 miles. That was my comfort zone. This time though, the end of mile 2 saw me run past my gate. I kept saying to myself, “i can do this, i can do this”. I wasn’t tired, but i could have easily ended my run there. Thats what i usually do. I was basically urging myself to go further. And i did go further. I managed to go an extra 1.24 miles covering a total of 3.24 miles! So i actually run 5.2Km.
I have to mention that I slowed way down to check my progress at around mile 2 and ended up stopping my tracker by accident so i stopped for a sec or two to get it back on. That was the only time i stopped. Near the end of mile 3, my left calf muscle begun to cramp. It wasn’t bad so i managed to get home okay.
Back in the house i stretched my muscles for a few minutes and then had chia pudding with a banana and water as my post workout snack. That kept me satiated till that afternoon when i met up with my best friend for lunch. She had booked an appointment for us to get our nails done later and that was the second highlight of the day for me. Soaking my feet in a foot bath and getting a foot massage was freaking amazing and much needed that day. Oh, and there was complimentary wine 😉
On new years’ eve last year, i challenged myself to run 5Km without stopping. I started training for it pretty late though; my first run was 1 mile long, then i did a few 1.5 mile runs, then three 2 mile runs and now i’ve finally done a 3.1+ mile (5km) run. It wasn’t challenging at all and i did it without stopping on my first try.
Now I can’t stop thinking how much further i can go.
At an average rate of 11.8 min/mi (7.3min/km) my overall time was 00:36. Slow. I know. Now that i have met my goal of running without stopping i can start working on my speed. My aim is to cover 3.1 miles (actual 5Km) in 30 minutes. My next run is scheduled for tomorrow (7hrs from now eek!). I’ll go for another 3.1 miles.