Remember in high school when you had your "fitness test" and you had to run a mile in 20 minutes or so? I hated that. Hated it with a passion. Back in February when I decided to begin my journey of getting healthy, a 5k was so not in my plans. Walk 3 miles voluntarily? I think not. When I started walking to lose the weight, I started gradually. One mile became a mile and a half. A mile and a half became two, and two became three. I was walking voluntarily, I was seeing results, and I was doing a 5k virtually every day. So when my mom read about a 5k heart walk, she and I decided to sign up.
I don't remember if I mentioned it on here, but I am an open heart surgery survivor. I had the surgery when I was 3 years old, and luckily don't remember a thing about the surgery. So causes dealing with heart issues are close to my...heart. (I had to, I'm sorry!)
The event was put on by the hospital in my town, and the director is my yoga instructor! The 5k also coincided with the town's firework festival! (My town is the Firework's Capital of America!) So my mom and I registered, and we were off.
We got to the hospital to pick up our bibs, t-shirt, and swag bags around 7:30. Everyone was gathered at the start line at 7:50, and by 8:00 we were on the move! Halfway through they gave us water, they had bands and people cheering you on at every turn. At the 2 mile mark our time was around 32 minutes. I ran the last 100 yards. I felt so accomplished when I crossed the finish line! We beat our practice times by 10 minutes!! I think that this 5k was a great place to start, and although my time was slower than most, I DID IT!
I had an absolute blast at the 5k, and I absolutely will do more! I've already started looking!
Have you even done a 5k? I'd love to hear about your experiences! Leave me a comment and let me know!