Saturday, November 29, 2008

Slow and steady wins the race

While I didn't technically win the race, I did finish my first official 5k -- and I ran the entire thing. My finishing time was 32.24, which was two minutes behind the fastest woman runner. I'm pretty proud of myself for reaching this goal.
The day started out overcast and chilly, with the temperatures in the high 20s when we began the race at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. The sun peeked out for a few minutes, and once I was moving, the chill disappeared.

A group of about two dozen people gathered to run and walk to benefit our local nature centers. A recently failed tax hike means the nature centers won't get funding from the county, so they can use all the monetary help they can get. The nature centers offer great programs for kids and adults alike, teaching us about our local flora and fauna and providing a beautiful natural setting for picnics, hikes and runs.

I started out at the very back of the runners but well ahead of the walkers. I managed to pass a man and his son and a couple so I wasn't the last runner to finish. I came away with a nature center T-shirt and a pair of running socks, not to mention the sense of accomplishment I feel right now.All in all, it was a very good day.


Lisa said...

Great job, Pam!!! I'm proud of you!

Kate said...

I'm totally impressed! I sure as hell couldn't run it without stopping. On a machine, sure, but I'm a running wimp on the real, hard ground. Do you think you'll start being a 5ker?

Pammeey said...

There's a Jingle Bell Run Dec. 13. When I mentioned it to the S.O., he laughed.

moArdy said...

Congrats!! 32.24 is a great time!!