How NOT to Run a 5k

Over the weekend, I ran my first 5k of 2013!

Funny how that makes it sound as though I’ve got this 5k thing down.  As though I’ve been doing them for years, and this past weekend was the continuation of a long-standing tradition.  As though I hadn’t ran my first 5k ever last year, and — really — this was only my third 5k ever.  😉

Anyway, another funny thing — or maybe slightly tragic — is that I managed to epitomize what not to do when running a 5k.  You’d think I’d have it somewhat figured out by now.  But it’s like my mom used to say, some people just have to learn the hard way.  Ha!

So I did everything from eating a nice, spicy breakfast to running the 5k in a brand new pair of sneakers.  Hello Heartburn and Blisters!

Come to think of it, I also probably shouldn’t have decided to quite caffeine the day of the run either.  **sheepish grin**


I did a pretty great job of picking running partners (my dad and my sister Sarah), so I think I get some points for that.

The course was the toughest I’ve ever run, 5k or not.  There was almost a constant incline, leading up to one of the steepest hills I’ve ever half-run / half-walked up.  Seriously, no one had told me that this was a mountain run.  😉   Hmmm, I guess I should have looked into the route before I signed up.

**sheepish grin # 2**

But we made it!

And I had a handsome guy at the end of the race to cheer me on.

So, yeah, I guess I got a few things right.  🙂


3 thoughts on “How NOT to Run a 5k

  1. Oh no! Well congratulations on completing it and keeping a good attitude 🙂 Why don’t you guys have Road IDs?!?!? You probably even got a discount coupon with your registration… order them!!

    Also, you forgot to mention that you get points for looking cute while struggling through a tough 5k. Sweet skirt!

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