|My Finish Time 28:10|
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, December 15th, 2012 to be exact, I ran my second official 5K. I wasn't planning to run any race until next year, but I saw the event posted on Facebook and I couldn't resist.
Just seeing the name of the event caught my attention "Freeze Out Cancer". As a cancer survivor, I felt I had to do it, not to mention it was happening almost in my backyard.
I was a little apprehensive about running in the cold. I didn't know how my body and my breathing were going to react to the cold air. Remember I'm a newbie at this, on all counts.
To my amazement the weather cooperated. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. It was 47 degrees, bright and sunny. A runner's dream-- so I'm told. Before the start of the race, there was a moment of silence held for the victims of the Connecticut shootings, the tremendous tragedy that touched everyone's heart.
Riverside Park is very familiar to me since I patrolled the area when I was a cop. I couldn't believe that I was running inside the same park that I once patrolled at night making sure everything was safe.
We ran down a straight path for most of the race. I must admit that I struggled a little at the beginning until I got my breathing under control and found my pace.
I've been having a little problem with my left hamstring, but it behaved for most of the run until I hit that last mile. Nevertheless, I finished in 28:10 shaving 2 minutes and 30 seconds off my first 5K. I was very proud of that. Yaaahhhh!!!!
I felt a big sense of accomplishment and immediately texted my cheerleading squad captains (my brother, my friend Maria, my Mom and my Aunt) and of course I had to post on FB to let all of you know.
I have to applaud the organizers of this event for a job well done. It was awesome, and I hope this is the first one of many more to come. All proceeds of this event went to the American Cancer Society.
Now, I am a couple of days away to start one of my many challenges for 2013. My challenge is to run a 5K for every month of 2013 or at least try.
For the month of January, I will be running the New Year's Eve Dash at the Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY. I checked the weather for that day, and I am not going to be so lucky this time. It is predicted to be 19 degrees that night, so I will be freezing my hiney. ~ LOL ~
|Hubby and Me|
|Start of the Race|
|Running on a beautiful day|
|Here I go.............|
|The End of the Race|
Determination makes a person thrive in life ~ Anonymous
I Conquered My First 5K