But I still did this 5k with two of my sisters. Heather did a really nice recap of it, so I won't bother with the whole thing. You can read it all there. It really made a huge difference to have someone else to run with. I also use the term 'run' loosely. I think my running pace is just as fast as my walking pace. . .It's ok, I'm getting there.
Katryn stole my santa hat, so I had to improvise with a hat from my parents Christmas decorations. It fit a lot better!
I was pretty nervous. I mean, a 5k is long! Especially when the longest I've ran is 3 minutes. Yes, you read that right. three whole minutes. Then I walked for 3 minutes. Ran again, rinse, repeat. . .That was my prerace jitter face.
The aid stations had milk and cookies! so Santa-Tryn got hooked up!
And there we are, in the crowd of santas taking off from the starting line. I bet it was pretty cool to be a spectator and see all those santa's running by.
We ran the whole first lap (just over a mile). The first mile in 11 minutes. WOW. For a girl who's only ran 3 minutes at a time. I was pretty proud of myself.
And slightly worried about dying still. My lungs are NOT up to par. Or anywhere close to par. For the record, I don't know how Heather and Amber can talk while running. I'm using all my lung power to keep from passing out (or puking, both of which I thought might happen). They would ask me questions and I would gasp out 1 word answers.
We walked 1/2 of the next lap, ran a bit, and walked a bit more, and then ran the entire last lap. Over all, I ran WAY more than I walked! I know, when I don't wear the Santa beard, it looks like I have chest hair. I'm ok with that, I was struggling enough to breathe as it was.
And the Grinch came and freaked Katryn out. He was a very lifelike Grinch, so I can understand that. (That's Amber's boyfriend holding her, since Matt was holding Martin)
Time/pace breakdown and mile splits:
Mile 1-11:20/mile (all running)
Mile 2-14:24/mile (half walking/half running)
Mile 3-13:19 (mostly running)
Mile 0.22 (yes the course measured long with Heather's Garmin)-13:09/mile pace (time-2:49)
227th woman across the line (out of 294)
45th in my age group (out of 55, ages 25-29)
Thanks to Amber and Heather for running with me!! and letting me slow you done (both of them probably would have been in the top 3 of their age group, or even overall, if they hadn't ran with me!)