5K Day!

So, it finally got here, after all this time and not enough training (which I knew well ahead of the race – I wimped out in the heat and humidity in the last 6 weeks or so).

But it was so. much. fun. My friend Hannah was right…while training sucks, there is something crazy-addicting about running a 5K.

My plan was basically this: run as much as possible, and walk as quickly as possible when taking a break. I think I did OK, especially since, while “training” (I have to use that term loosely; while I’ve been really happy with my newfound slight desire to exercise, to say that I “trained” for this seems a bit excessive), I never walked/ran a 3 mile combo…it was usually more like 2, with me running a mile or so. My brother Jake and I planned to run together, and my sister Hayley was going to stay with her two friends. Jake wanted to stay with me, which was really sweet of him (he’s like that!), but he’s in infinitely better shape than I, and have I mentioned that he’s 6’4″? His stride is *slightly* longer than mine; I totally would have cramped his style. Sidenote: my brother Zach wasn’t able to run today due to his knee injury…total bummer. But he came down to the finish line with his family and my dad, so that was cool! Jake and I ran together for the first 2/3-3/4 of a mile, when I needed a little walking break, and I sent him ahead of me, and he finished strong! The only thing I didn’t like was the congestion at the start of the race; walkers hadn’t moved to the side, and it was hard to get started, which was annoying. I just wanted to be able to run!

I think I ran close to 2 miles of it, albeit slowly. I took as few walking breaks as possible, even running up the incline part, which surprised me! I finished in 39:10…since I had absolutely nothing to go on, I wasn’t disappointed. (By the way, the technology that they use is so cool to me…there’s a chip in a tag on your shoe, and it starts counting your time when you cross the starting line, and then ends when you cross the finish line, so you get an exact time for your run, which you find out by checking online.)

And the crazy thing is, I’m looking into another 5K. Hannah mentioned that there’s one in Champaign in May, which would be so much fun since it ends at Memorial Stadium. But I’d like to do one this fall, too. Suggestions, anyone?

OH! I almost forgot to add that I walked RIGHT past James Denton downtown. I’ve never seen one minute of Desperate Housewives, but I certainly do know his face. If I’d realized half a second earlier that yes, that was in fact him, I’d have probably done something stupid like try to get my picture taken with him. I would have led in with something like, “I know I’m super-smelly right now, and I have no makeup on, but will you take your picture with me?” Classy. He was heading to FanFest.

The pictures, of course…

22 responses to “5K Day!

  1. you did great! good job.
    5ks are fun – especially when you can find ones that don’t cost as much (or are free).

  2. awesome job!!!

  3. What a fun race that would be! You looked great!. . . and you were smiling in the picture and everything. 🙂

  4. oh my gosh, you look so cute running, nicole! and could will be any more adorable???? congrats!!! oh, and james denton=HOT!

  5. Today was awesome! I can’t wait to do another one! And I just read on KSDK that James was playing in todays Legends vs. Celebrities game 🙂

  6. Congrats Nicole!!! Great siblings picture!

  7. Congrats! What an accomplishment! I still want to do one someday!

  8. Do a search for “Gumbo Flats 5K”. It is held each October (last Saturday in October?) and it’s a lot of fun. The girls and I have done that one twice.

    That was so, so sweet of Jake to want to stay with you through the race. 🙂

  9. No, no, no! I LOVE that 2nd attempt at a pic of you and your boys! It made me laugh and I almost spit apple juice on my computer screen. 🙂 I think it was Bennett’s eyes that put me over the edge. 😀

  10. Awesome job Nicole! Great pics, I especially love the one of you and your siblings.

    I think there is a 5K in Effingham around Thanksgiving…..if it’s on the weekend, we could meet and run it together!

  11. Congratulations Nicole! I tried to look for you in the big crowd of people. And I agree about the walkers! They should not start at the front of the start line. They should start in back. I sprinted about the first 1/4-1/2 mile just to get past the walkers!

  12. I’m meeting you in Champaign for that 5K! That sounds AWESOME! Congratulations! That is a thrilling experience, I think!

  13. Jill (thebaglady)

    I am SOOO impressed! I’ll have to give it a shot sometime. AND Vince Coleman was always “My Man” (growing up we each had “our man” that was our favorite. I would have flipped out if I got to meet Vince!!

  14. The NCCS is incorporating a 5K run into it’s annual Walk for the Children. You can learn more at http://www.walkforthechildren.org
    The date is Saturday, September 26, 2009. We’ve done the walk the last few years…the 5k is a new event this year.

  15. Congrats, congrats, congrats!! Race day adreneline makes ALL of it worthwhile.

    Way to go!!

  16. This all looks so exciting–all of you did SUPER!! And I’m so impressed you’re looking for another one to do! I agree w/ the others–very neat pic of you & your siblings!

    Love that little Will and his total disregard for all the excitement going on around him! 🙂

  17. Congrats Nicole! You did good!

  18. congratulations, nicole! if you are planning to be in effingham the weekend of the picnic you could do the bulldog challenge 5k. a bunch of us girls all did it a few years ago and, although it was scorching hot, we had a good time.

    http://www.stanthony.com/Bulldog+Challenge+2009+flyer.pdf

    again, congratulations!

  19. Great job! From experience, you always need to have another race coming up to keep the motivation to continue with your training.

    The next one will be even easier!

  20. Congratulations!!! What a wonderful accomplishment!

  21. Good job! What an accomplishment…and you’re still smiling after the finish line! I hope you find another race to keep you motivated!

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