Spontaneity: My First 5K

Friday, September 03, 2010

I just did something absolutely, beyond mad-hatter crazy today... I mean, just BONKERS. Ok, you ready??!? (I sure hope I am...ha.)

I signed up for my first 5K... and here's the kicker... it's TOMORROW!!!


I shall start at the beginning...
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So I woke up early today and had nothing of the sort on my mind about no 5K. On top of that, I did a really good run yesterday so my whole body was sore. I got out of bed, tight, and creaking and cracking... (lol). I immediately said to myself... "today is definitely a rest day". Then I brushed my teeth, stretched, made some tea and checked my email. **My email, by the way, was inundated with emails from MIH 2010... after one day! (laughing) Wow. More on that later... you guys are great.**

So I'm on my email and check up on one of my meetup groups I newly signed up for the day before. And low and behold, I found that one of the events was this 5K I've been eyeing since way back when. And then I saw the location (perfect, Miami, close by), the organizers, Publix (I love Publix!), and the date, (oh snap, that's tomorrow?!?) I then half panicked, half theorized.

I thought to myself, "can I do it? Really?" I looked again over the event registration. The registration was still open! Is this fate? That must be fate. Most registration would have closed by now. I looked at the meetup, and at least one person was going, so that was good. I evaluate my body? I'm all limbered up now, I feel pretty good... and I just ran really well for the past week. I look in my calendar, I have nothing major planned for tomorrow evening. I think I actually CAN do this.
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So I consulted myself further. I had already put signing up this event off for waaaaaaay tooooooooo loooooooong. Just afraid of a million things. Would I have the registration money? What if something happens to me, I don't have anyone out there. Can I make it that far and finish? Are my present running shoes ok for that? Can I really run a race without my ipod keeping me company (it's not allowed)?

So, I just said, screw it. That meetup event was probably put right in front of my face by God Himself, telling me, "this is for you... this is yours. You can do it." So I scrounged the money together and signed up.


So it's the Publix Family Fitness Weekend Miami Beach 5k Run/Walk. (Yay for the "walk" part...lol)
Saturday, September 4th at around 6pm EST.

I'm going to be out there on my own, so I'm just hoping I can get through it ok. I need all the advice and tips I can get so please, please offer up any. What to bring, how to prepare, what to eat, how to handle post race... anything! I would sooooooooo appreciate it.

The lesson I have to share in all this? I guess it's spontaneity. Spontaneity can be a grievous thing, but it can also be a strength. It can put you right in the middle of situations that you never would have dreamed of (like when I woke up this morning, and now I'm doing this...ha). So I say, whenever it's beneficial, and right, embrace it. It sure can open up a lot of doors, and along this health journey we always have... any spice to the routine mix can push us forward.

So back to the Publix 5K. I know it's just a 5k, but for me, this is my first distance anything, you know? Hence the big deal. The larger event, the Triathlon and Duathlon, are on Sunday. I'm definitely not doing that, but may be inspired. You know, maybe to be 'spontaneous' next year with it. Who knows? (:P) Meantime, I am so excited and so nervous all at the same time. And as soon as I get home from work today, I will start to prepare. Thanks to everyone for your support in advance. Wish me luck!

TOMORROW!!!!!! ....aaaaaAAAAAAAH!!!!
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  • CINDYY00
    I jut saw this LMAO how did you do? CRAZY GIRL!!
    3639 days ago
    I think it's awesome that u signed up on a whim! LOL! how did it go?! I am thinking of doing one soon myself!
    3671 days ago
    I'm sure you rocked the 5K this past weekend!! Talk about spontaneity...you're it. Great job for deciding to sign up for it!!
    3674 days ago

    I hope that the 5k went well and that you are not to sore today. The first time always is a little scary, but eventful. You get to meet new people who will also motivate you and work with you. Hope to see the post soon on your experience.

    3675 days ago
  • LDY_ALI_79
    emoticon How was the race?
    3676 days ago
    Run, run RUN! It'll be good for you and sorry I'm late receiving this.......I trust your 5K was a successful one? My advice would have been to run, run, RUN! Enjoy it! You will feel the excitement running throughout your body like liquid permeating through a sponge. My first 5K was a positive experience, but I spent it behind a really curveous woman...(smile) The next advice to you is....don't let this be your only 5K, if you enjoyed it. Keep up the wonderful progress. Lots of applause from running your first 5K. emoticon
    3676 days ago
    You can do this!! awesome your 1st 5k i'm thinking about doing it myself..let us know how much fun it was...wooohooo
    3677 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7721924
    You can do this and totally rock it! *hugs*
    3677 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4286804
    I'm a firm believer in going with the flow. Run a brilliant race!
    3677 days ago
    You rock!!! You can totally do this!!!!!! Have tons of fun!!!!
    3677 days ago
    Miss lady. Know that whatever you put your mind to, it's already done. You got this, slow and steady always win the race. Listen to your body and follow your intuition. Much light, peace, love and success. It's in the bag. emoticon
    3677 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2010 11:45:14 PM
    emoticon Aprile, I'm so late in logging on tonight that it's absolutely pathetic! I'm sorry...but I wanted to hop on just long enough to let you know that I'm sooo excited for you!!! I have no running experience at all, so I'm thrilled that more experienced folks here have given you lots of great practical advice :) I just love your sense of fun and excitement!!! Y'know what? It's so contagious, even THIS ol' lady is psyched! :) Can't wait to hear how it goes...you are a real athlete, and I predict you're going to shine!

    Let's hear it for spontaneity and impulse! :) Lots of hugs and good-luck emoticon wishes, Sandi emoticon
    3677 days ago
  • CAROLX914
    I wish we lived closer because you are the type of friend I would love to have around. You are adventorous and sound like so much fun to be around. You will do great tomorrow! this is probably god's way of saying " YOU ARE READY!"


    3677 days ago
    That is awesome. What God has for is for you. God appointed and he will be with you all the way. You are like me you need to be challenged. Advice...I have never walked or ran in a marathon. I am sure these ladies have some great advice. I will pray that God gives you the strength to complete this journey tommorrow. But like I said if God appointed then he will be there with you. Rest on him and keep on keeping on. Inspiring as always. emoticon emoticon
    3677 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2010 9:27:20 PM
    Wow, I am so impressed by your spontaneity!!! You're going to do great! I've never run a race before but from what I hear, you should drink water and eat some carbs tonight to get your body energized and hydrated. I agree about starting slow and setting a pace. From your good runs, I think this is definitely doable for you, especially when you have the adrenaline of being in a race (and probably lots of interesting people/things to look at along the way). Good luck and enjoy! I will be thinking of you tomorrow morning and running with you in spirit. emoticon emoticon
    3677 days ago
  • FELLE442
    Girl...don't worry...YOU GOT THIS!!! Just treat it as if you are out for one of your workouts...no pressure.

    One tip...be sure not to get at the front during the start as the face runners will trample you. Also, you'll end up starting off tooo fast and will fizzle out.

    Just pace yourself...take walking breaks when you need to (its just 3.2 miles) and before you know it...the finish line will be there.

    Can't wait to hear ALL about it!!!!

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    3677 days ago
    Spontaneity is wonderful, and this will hook you on 5Ks! You'll do fine, but it is strange that they don't allow iPods. I bet that it's only for the tri/duo. Bring it along and check when you get your number/race packet. Here would be my schedule:
    -3 hours: eat a light, easy to digest meal, one that makes you feel good. Drink 8 oz of Coconut water (organic section of grocery), and some fresh berries (blue/rasp/straw), whatever you like best. Everything will digest before race time

    Leave early enough to get there 1.5 hours before race time.

    Get race packet. Find race map and drive around to see if there are hills that you need to prepare for. I like to bring a bicycle and use it to fly around the course. While your out, look for a nice bathroom.

    -20 minutes. Use the bathroom.

    In the race, remember that you're there just to have fun and finish. You normally walk/run for 45-60 minutes which is probably just about the 5K distance. Just do like you do on a normal walk and you'll do fine.

    It helps to find someone who is running at your speed that's friendly and just run with them. You shouldn't be able to talk much, but a sentence now and then is great.

    Sprint the last block and don't tell your partner. Just all of the sudden, take off. By the time they miss you, it will be too late to catch up, LOL.
    3677 days ago
    p.s. I ran my FIRST marathon ABSOLUTELY by myself. No one could come out to support me... and at first I was nervous, but then I realized this was just an opportunity to prove I could do it alone if I had to. Plus, how can you be alone if God is always by your side!?
    3677 days ago
    YOU can SOOOOO do it!

    I'll tell you this, you could walk the WHOLE thing and still finish within the given time restraints! You are going to love it!!!!!!

    Oh, but be careful... races are amazingly addictive! That's why I've done so many! :-)
    3677 days ago
    You're Fit! You can do IT! Do it in walk run intervals, for example, run 8 minutes, run 2, the entire race or whatever fits you. Good Luck and have Fun Fun Fun!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3677 days ago

    ya gurl,
    (yahoo im: belton_lynn)
    3677 days ago
    Go luck on your 5K! Awesome job on taking the plunge, you are going to be just fine. I would say just enjoy the experience, there really is nothing like the first...
    3677 days ago
    GREAT BLOG so exciting. Best advice, start out easy, not as fast as you can go, second, if you need to walk, walk, there is no rule against it, last, HAVE FUN!!!! ENJOY MY FRIEND!
    3677 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4592899
    You're amazing! Keep up the good work :)
    3678 days ago
  • DYA177
    You will do wonderfully.
    3678 days ago
    Good luck girl! Thanks for adding me as a friend!
    3678 days ago
    You'll do great! Have fun and enjoy! Don't forget you can always walk part of the way!
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    3678 days ago
    Thank you thank you everyone for your support! Any advice you can shed would be great...
    3678 days ago
    Way to Go Girl!! You will do great! Thanks for e-mailing us. Very excited for you. Wish I could join you but those days are over for me. Still enjoy my small victories. Just had one, was off oxygen for almost 3 weeks. I will get there and you will get where you are going also!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3678 days ago
    You will do GREAT! I always say "Do the thing that scares you".

    Yay, you!
    3678 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Git 'er done...
    3678 days ago
    AWESOME!!! enJOY and HAVE FUN!!!
    3678 days ago
    Good luck!
    3678 days ago
    You'll do great.
    3678 days ago
    GOOD FOR YOU! You will do just fine. WOOHOO!
    3678 days ago
    Aww that's awesome. I'm looking into running or walking a 5K soon. This is very inspiring though! Good luck.
    3678 days ago
    You're WONDERFUL!! emoticon
    3678 days ago
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    As for the race. Be focused and imagine the victory stand through out the race.
    Nothing more Amazing then completing the TASK.
    I already see you on the victory Stand.

    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me
    Philippians 4:13

    Never Give Up
    Life is Good
    Have Fun
    3678 days ago
  • ROBYN168
    You go girl! I can't wait to see how it went for you!!!! Best of luck...and HAVE FUN!
    3678 days ago
    That sounds amazing! I would love to do one..but I'm trying to wait until the temp. goes down. I don't do the best in heat (tend to get sick) but I'm also going to need to run some before I go for a 5k. But you already so I think it's a great idea!! How far do you go and how long does it take you now? I know I can walk half of a 5k in 45 minutes. Running half of it would probably be 22 minutes.

    I would eat a lot of protien! I'm not sure about what to do without the ipod though.
    3678 days ago
  • KIMMAS82
    Woo hoo!! That's so awesome!! Good luck tomorrow and get some serious zzzz's tonight!
    3678 days ago
    Ohhh, I'm excited for you--I love races, they are such a blast! The biggest thing is to remember to HAVE FUN and don't stress out--you're out there doing it, and that's way more than most people will ever be able to say! Try not to get caught up in the excitement and the pace of everyone else at the start; it's easy to start off too fast and then not have enough left in the tank to finish strong. Run your own race at your own speed and just enjoy being out there.

    3678 days ago
    Wonderful, April! You can do it!!! Changing and growing personally requires some discomfort. You have to do things that you may be a little uncomfortable doing in order to become the person you want to be! So this is FABULOUS news!!

    As for the race itself... eat something light about 2 hours beforehand. Drink plenty of water during the day. Run / walk in order to pace yourself. When you are slowing down to walk, take a look around and make sure that no one is right behind you, waiting to crash into you. And most of all, HAVE FUN!!!!

    3678 days ago
    You guys are so great! Thanks a ka-billion! Ok, I'm tallying up the advice now.
    1-Carb rich dinner tonight. Carb rich diet tomorrow, but not a lot.
    2-Stay hydrated tomorrow...except within an hour of race time.
    3-Get there super early.
    4-Yogurt/banana/snack before race for fuel.
    5-Go slow and steady, but maybe a small push per KM.
    6-Fitted spandexy leggings for the run. And a good bra.
    7-Fanny pack.
    8-Plan to elevate my legs following.

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    3678 days ago
    aww AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! UR GONNA HAVE A BLAST.
    Make sure to carbload at dinner.
    have lots of water
    and dont speed just listen to your body
    you will be fine
    3678 days ago
    Go for it. :) You'll do great!
    Congrats on boldly pushing forward!

    3678 days ago

    You are FEARLESS! You GO, Girlfriend! I'm so proud of you. Personally, I have never run a race, so advice from me would mean squat. However, my best girlfriend is a marathon runner, and we always go for a pasta dinner the night before she runs a race -- carbo loading, I believe they call it! Good luck tomorrow! I'll be anxious to see photos!

    Be well,
    3678 days ago
    Good for you!

    As far as pants: don't wear anything you haven't run in before. You don't want to risk being uncomfortable. Just wear your favorite running outfit. And don't forget a good bra!
    3678 days ago
    emoticon you got this. I will check back later to see your pictures. emoticon
    3678 days ago
    Good for you for keeping your mind open to the signs. You can totally do this!!!!!
    3678 days ago
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