First 5k complete

I am not a runner. I am learning to enjoy the peace, quiet, and solitude running gives me. Today was my first 5k, and I did it just for me. My only competition was myself. Having said all that, I just now found my race results. I share because, if and when you decide to run a race, I don’t want you to be ashamed. Here we go:

222 out of 398
Clock time: 44:46.41
Chip time: 44:31.59
Avg pace: 14:22 (my phone said 13:22)
11th in my group, F 40-44, top 34.2%

Things I learned:

  1. Removing layers before starting was worth it. I would’ve sweat much more, even though the temp was 38°.
  2. Justin, thanks for the recommendation on the pre/post workout stuff. Gonna do that every time now. 😉
  3. Walking is fine. Sometimes your body needs to recover.
  4. The only person you should be in competition with is yourself. Even then, you shouldn’t feel guilty for going slower than ‘last time.’
  5. If someone who looks older than you or isn’t the same sex as you passes you, don’t get down on yourself. It’s not about age/gender, it’s about ability.

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