I ran my first 5k on 8/17/13. The race was part of Noblesville Fit Fest. There were 6 different events to participate in, with a limit of 500 participants. For the 5k race there were 102 finishers.
The events to choose from were:
1. Sprint Triathlon: 400 yd Swim/20.6K Bike/5K Run
2. Sprint Duathlon: 1K Run/20.6K Bike/5K Run
3. Sprint Aquabike: 400m Swim/20.5K Bike
4. 5K Run/Walk: 3.1 Miles
5. Kids Aquathon: Ages 4-6, 7-11 & 12-14
6. Sprint Aquathon: 400 meter Swim/5k Run
I was quite impressed with the race packet each participant received. It had lots of coupons and freebies, including an event t-shirt and a few yummy Clif bars.
My 5k race results are as follows:
- 27:03 official time
- 1st out of 4 in age group
- 10th out of 63 women
- 30th out of 102 finishers
My only goal was to run the entire race at a sub 9 minute mile pace, which I did! My husband is training with me and his official time for the 5k was 27:08. We really push each other during training, so it was awesome to have him encouraging me throughout the race!
Funny story... after the race, we checked out some of the local vendors that had tents set up for the festival part of the event, and then left soon afterward. The awards weren't going to be given out until 3 hours after we finished the 5k. We didn't really mind leaving considering we had no idea what place we finished. All we knew were our times (we both ran a PR!!), and that was good enough for us. The next day, a friend of mine who is a runner, messaged me that I finished first in my age group. I thought he was joking, but turns out he was right. Apparently, I would have received an award if we would have stuck around. Looking back, I wish I would have paid more attention, since it was my first race, but I am happy with how I felt during the race and how I finished - that's what matters to me. Although, I can't help but wonder what the award would have been :)
Also funny... I forgot to stop my Garmin watch at the end of the race. Lovely. So, I had to look online for my official time. I know, I know, I am such a newbie.
I honestly think that setting smaller goals, such as a 5k race, 10k race, and 15k race help motivate me to keep up with my training for the half marathon in May. Right now, May seems like a long time from now, and I don't want to get complacent in my training, especially over the winter. We are registered for a local 10k race in October, which I am really excited about!
Are you signed up for any races?