Monday, September 21, 2009

I DID IT!

I completed my first 5K on Saturday morning! I did it I did it I did it!!!!!

I woke up around 6:30, excitedly hopped out of bed, and jogged upstairs into the living room where my dad was sitting. With a huge smile I exclaimed, “Gooooood morning! I’m ready!”

My parents drove me to the race and hung out with me until the gun went off. My dad found a map of the course, and we noticed the there was a huge hill to go up and down during the last mile. Whatever, I figured, at least it’s toward the end, and maybe I’ll be in my zone by then. Nothin’ I can do about it now! It’s time to run!

My mom captured this gem while I was running by her at the beginning of the race.

Action shot! My hair looks hilarious!

I could feel that I was running a little faster than usual (which you readers so ingeniously told me would happen), but my adrenaline was flowing and I was just pumped to be out there with all the people! But wait a sec … why are we already going uphill? Maybe once we turn the corner we’ll be running flat again. And then I turned the corner only to see another hill up ahead! REAAALLLLYYYY?!

I was still rockin’ it, though. These hills weren’t too big. I was just hitting my groove when I heard someone shout my name behind me. It was my best friend’s sister Gretchen! Yay! It’s always nice to see a friendly face! And then she wasn’t behind me anymore. Haha. She’s a real runner.

So I got up the hill and turned a corner only to find what? You guessed it. Another hill! By now you get the gist of this course. I’m gonna say it was 80% uphill! Maybe it’s an exaggeration, but if not 80% then 70%.

My only goal was to run the entire race without walking. I did not accomplish this goal. Come on! Way too many hills that just kept getting longer and tougher. I figured I could walk faster uphill than I was running anyway, so I was cool with walking uphill at times.

The final hill was a doosie. It was a mountain, actually. I was trying to keep a solid pace, but my calves were burning something fierce. I couldn’t imagine what my entire bod would have felt like if I ran up the entire thing! I kept pushin and pushin, and finally I conquered the hillmountain. And then, like a godsend, we finally got to go downhill!!!! Cue heavenly music!

I was unstoppable down this hill! It felt so amazing to finally just GO. All this uphill business held me back, but I was zooming down this hill. I got a sideache toward the bottom, but not nearly as bad as that first one I got a couple of weeks ago. I focused on my breathing, dug my fingers into my side and ran through the slight pain. There was no way I was stopping now! Push, Amanda!

I spotted the third mile marker a ways up and was like OH MY GOD! I’M ALMOST FINISHED!! The time flew by. I never even really got a chance to get into my music, which is so unlike me. I kept digging into my sideache until I got to the last turn. I SEE THE FINISH LINE!!!! I took off like a jet and gave everything I had until I crossed the finish. That last little part was downhill, and I want to send flowers and candy to whomever came up with that brilliant idea. I felt like a champion cruising like that at the end!

33:50!!!!

My fastest 5K time yet!!! Even with the hills and walking, I still managed to rock :) I am soooo proud of myself! I went up right up to my mom and said (while panting), “That was SO HARD! The whole fricken thing was uphill!” Oops! I know it’s not really a swear word, but still not something I should be saying to my precious mommy. I guess feeling like a rockstar got the best of me!

Feeling good afterward

I headed over to the swag tent to pick up some goodies.

I walked away with a bag of Paula Red apples, a bottle of strawberry apple cider, a banana, a cookie and the feeling of great accomplishment.

We stopped for this photo op on the way to my parents’ car. Even after running a 5K, I still look like a model! Only kidding ;)


So there it is, folks! I did it. I feel great for having done it. And I will never run that course again! I will, however, do more races. What a rush! Thanks for all the encouragement!!!!!!!!!

I have some pretty awesome news coming up either tomorrow or Wednesday, so stay tuned, kiddos :)

33 comments:

  1. Great job on the 5k! 33 minutes is amazing - especially with all those crazy hills. Good job!

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  2. NICE JOB AMANDA! wooo! haha, i love that photo with your hair all outta control. props to you :)

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  3. Congrats on the first 5k! That's a great time!! (I think my first, which was ironically after my first half marathon, was 35 minutes and change).

    Random quesiton -- did you grow up in LaCrosse? I was born there and left when I was young but all of my family grew up there!

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  4. Yay! Congratulations! That's awesome that you did it in your fastest time even with all those hills! Great job!

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  5. You did it!!!! Can you see me jumping up and down!!!???!!! Awesome job! Congratulations!!!

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  6. CONGRATS AMANDA - If i am ever to the place where i can run 1 mile, let alone a 5K, you will never catch me being able to smile for a picture afterwards!!! Way to go!

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  7. WOOHOOO Amanda ... you did AWESOME!!!! Sounds like a fantastic and successful first 5K. You should be very, VERY proud of yourself.

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  8. Oh my gosh! Congratulations Amanda! I am so proud of you!

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  9. Wow!!!! What an inspiration!! I'm training for a 5K now. Hope to *rock it* like you did!! :)

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  10. So awesome Amanda! Wow, you did it. And even better, you want to do another. Way to go.

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  11. You go girl!

    You did it, and did it beautifully.
    Congratulations.

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  12. Congrats Amanda....that is awesome! I am uberimpressed that even with all the hills, you managed to get a personal best! Rock on sister!

    You are such an inspiration!!!

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  13. WOW! You are a rock star. That is awesome. I love the picture of your crazy running hair - it's probably the best running picture I've seen. You don't even look like you broke a sweat, you absolutely do look like a model. Congrats!

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  14. WOOHOO! You did fantastic, and way to go attacking those hills! That picture of your hair is amazing. :)

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  15. Congrats! I love your hair in that first pic!

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  16. Congratulations, Amanda! Your time was wonderful! Now you'll be hooked on running forever, just watch. :)

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  17. Congrats! You must feel so accomplished!

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  18. Yay! After rocking that difficult course, future 5k races will seem like a piece of cake!

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  19. Congratulations on accomplishing the 5k!! A HUGE accomplishment. And why the hell must they put in the hills? Seriously!!!!

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  20. Congratulations. That's a great accomplishment and a very good time!

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  21. congratulations!! :) that feeling after a race is always THE best feeling ever!! It becomes addicting! ;)

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  22. Congratulations! That's an awesome time!!!

    Great picture at the end by the way, and you DO look like a model!

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  23. Congrats! And you had fab weather! Yeah, I heard the TC 10 Mile had 4 miles of straight uphill and then decided not to sign up :-) Marathon next summer?

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  24. Congratulations my love! (ps. I had to change my username b/c i use a blog with my students... I bet you can still tell who I am) ;)

    I'm so proud of you! Let me know if you want to do another one this fall. I would LOVE to join you!

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  25. Awesome job! I love it! And I hate uphill courses... my first (and only so far) 10k course went up and down like a roller coaster. Even the elite runners were complaining. Love the pictures, and you look great, dahling!

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  26. Great job! What a feeling of accomplishment!! PLUS - a bag of apples! That's the best part : )

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  27. Congratulations! what a great feeling!! :)

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