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It’s Saturday morning and I wake up at 6:45am – I can’t believe the day is here – my first 5k race!

Hyland Hy-5 5k Race

I was so nervous and excited all at once.  I got dress with extra layers as only in Cleveland would it be 80 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next!  Unfortunately the “next” happened to be my race day.

We got to the race and I started to get butterflies and started to worry.  It was freezing out, the clouds were rolling in and the winds were HOWLING!  I am not kidding we had 30 mph wind gusts going on – it was nuts!  And it’s definitely not the type of weather I was used to running in that is for sure.

Then it was time – we lined up and the gun fired – we were off!  At first I started off way to fast – the race I was running in had spotters and I looked up and noticed I was running with the 8 minute mile group.  WHOA!  I can’t hang with them nor was I going to try.  I moved over and slowed my pace down to around a 1o minute mile.  Then because of my fast mistake when I started, I was getting winded and had to slow to a walk.  I rounded the corner near mile one and SMACK – those wind gusts just hit you in the face!  It was insane…For a good 1/4 mile I had to walk and even that was tough – the wind was making it impossible and I was getting worried.  Then we rounded another corner and the wind wasn’t so much head on anymore.  I was able to get back up to a jog and gain some miles – then another turn and more wind in the face – “When is this going to end?” This is what I kept asking myself.  Finally, the final turn towards the finish and it was wonderful!  The wind was finally co-operating and was on my back which TOTALLY helped!  It was nice running slightly downhill and having a 30 mph winds pushing you forward instead of causing such resistance.

In the end my final time was 38:58.  Not bad for the conditions.  I am certain that if I didn’t have so much wind giving me such a resistance I could have gotten a better time, but I am extremely happy with the outcome and can’t wait to sign up for more races.

For now, I promise to post more updates and going forward I will be training on increasing my speed.  My goal is to run my next race in under 34 min.  I should be able to shave 4 minutes off – Right?

So, whose running with me in my next one?  Any takers????  If I can do it, anyone can!


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