I'm patting myself on the back right now. You want to know why? Because I completed my first 5K! Yup. The "un-runner," the introvert, the non-competitor, the girl afraid of crowds, and (most recently) the injured ran her first race, The Cove Lake 5K, on June 16, 2012.
It was interesting to say the least. We began (like every race does) in a crowd of people. At the sound of the gun, we all started jogging at once. I felt like I needed to run ahead of everyone, like something was after us, like zombie apocalypse. After a few minutes though, the crowd thinned out with most everyone in front of me. Apparently, I'm slow. *giggle*
The track for the 5K took us from the restaurant at Cove Lake State Park, down the street to the paved walking/biking trail, around it through the woods to the opening next to Cove Lake. The track continued along the shoreline walkway to the open field, around and over the bridge, back around to the tennis courts, through the tunnel, and ended on the trail next to the roadway we had started from. I'm sure Tim has a map for you.
I've been away from the running game since before our little Bug was born. About two weeks prior, I had went for a run at Big Ridge and somehow managed to step on a rock towards the end of my run and twist my ankle. That put me out of commission for 2-3 weeks. Once Dinah entered the world I was out of commission for another 4+ months. Prior to this my last race was the Roan County Schools Run for Your Health 5K in which I completed in 27:43. This was back in November 2011.
After the hiatus, I decided it was time to get back to it, after all Robin and I made a deal back a month ago. I let her go to a movie with the kiddos while I watched Bug, and in return, she let me go out for a trail run. It was on that run that I realized how much I had lost in just a short 5 month sabbatical. It was time to start training and I had eyeballed the Cove Lake 5K. Much to my surprise, Robin decided she wanted to run with me and attempt her first 5K. So I was determined to get her and I both ready.
What I didn't foresee was that just a week prior to the race, one of us would become injured and am still amazed (even though I know she is tough as nails) that Robin completed the training and finished "Her" race. As for the race report itself, what more can I add to the already great report from Robin. I started out with her and on our second walk break, as she
We've decided to take at least a week off so that Robin can heal. It might take a bit longer, but as soon as she's ready, we'll begin our training for the 2012 Man Run 5K in August.
Oh I almost forgot, we both decided that for the race and the last week of our training we would forgo the Barefoot's and use regular running shoes. For Robin it was due to her injury. For me it was due to my feet hurting from lack of foot strength and prevention of injury. We haven't totally forsaken the Barefoot method, we've both decided until we heal up we would take it slower on the transition. Also, you're welcome Sweets for the encouragement, inspiration, and cheering. It is way more fun having someone to share the excitement with even if it's really not your thing. ;P
Tim and Robin
Official Race Results Here (if your interested)
A Rough Idea of the Race Course Track: