While it wasn’t exactly my first 5k, I ran one 7 years ago, it felt like it. I’m incredibly comfortable with my weekly workout routine, but for some reason, running outdoors is not something I have been able to get into. In the days prior to my race, I wasn’t feeling great. This completely derailed any training goals I had wanted to complete. On the morning of the race I was a little nervous, but I knew I had 2 things that would keep me going: a good source of inspiration and a good running buddy.
Inspiration: My inspiration was easy to find, it was all of the women who write for RunItLikeAMom. Without them, I never would have signed up for this race. The moms who write for this blog have completed marathons (2 moms ran their first full in October), they have completed half marathons and frequently run in 5k races. Getting to know these women and reading about their race experiences prompted me to have my own. Because I write for this blog, I was contacted by the owner of a local Parenting and Wellness Center who asked me to join her 5k race team. On the morning of the race, I thought of RunItLikeAMom. I wrote RunIt on my hand so if I felt like I was too tired to push, I could look down and keep going.
Running Buddy: The fact that I had a friend to run with made the experience so much better. We were in stride the entire time. She set the pace for our run and I needed that. As an exclusive treadmill runner, I have no idea how to pace myself on the roads. I let her take the lead and followed right along with her. In the last half mile stretch when my body was starting to tire, I saw her pick up the pace. As we approached the finish line, I turned to her and said, “ready?” We sprinted to the finish line and collected our medals together in under 30 minutes.
So, while there are plenty of logistical things to consider when running your first road race, I know these two emotional supports were all I needed to get it done. For the first time ever, I have experienced the allusive “runners high,” and I am ready to sign up for my next race! Thank you RunItLikeAMom, thank you Nest Miami and thank you Jamie for helping me sign up for and finishing this race!