Operation Skinny Jeans: I survived!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I survived!

I am alive to tell the tale of my second 5K! It was quite a bit different than my first, so I can't wait to tell you all about it!

It started at 10am last Sunday when the temperature outside was 17 degrees. I was SO thankful it hadn't snowed over night, and I was excited to get out there! We arrived at the race site a little early, and after feeling just how COLD it was, we ran home to grab my coat. I am so thankful we did because I probably wouldn't have made it without it.

After some mingling and warming up at the Parker Recreation Center, we were off.

You can tell the race just started because I am smiling lol
This is where things took a turn for the worst lol. It started snowing, but also the course had been tampered with. Sometime in the 10 minutes between checking the cones and the start of the race, a person who thinks they are HILARIOUS moved the cones. Instead of going straight like we were supposed to, we ended up turning and doing a mile loop in the wrong direction that lead us back to the rec center. 

Luckily, the race officials caught on when they saw us all loop back to the rec center and went down the path to lead people in the right direction. By the end of the "5K" we all had actually gone literally an extra mile clocking in at 4.2 miles. We completed the race in 1:09 min, which is a pace of 16:42 second mile. Not too shabby! The adjusted time for an actual 5K race would have put us in at 51 min! Just a minute above my goal time. 

Coming up to the finish line

So all in all, the race went great! The last mile was by far the fastest, and I credit my husband for that entirely. He pushed me farther and harder than I would have ever pushed myself. And when I thought I couldn't keep going, he told me I could so I did. Sometimes when you are out of strength, you need someone by your side to be strong for you. I am a very lucky woman. 

Ok enough mushy stuff. It was a great race and I am really looking forward to the next one! I am going to start actually training to run more of it this time. My first goal is to run a mile, then three :) If I can run a mile by my next 5K, I can run the first then the last, and recover in the second. :) 

I have a goal to run 5 5K's this year, and the first one is already done! Andy, my husband, did make me promise to never make him do a race in the winter time again. I completely agreed lol. 

So there you have it! The tale of my 5K! Now tell me your stories! Any funny or awesome tales? 


  1. I love the feeling after you finish a 5k. Congrats!

  2. Congrats!

    I would run in snow any day! The weather for my first 5K was what I truly hate: cold rain! I had no gear for it, but I made it. Also, your course appears to have been quite flat. I don't think there was any flat on my first!

    Keep setting goals. You are doing great things for yourself and you future.



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