Earlier this year (in the summer), I realized that my running shoes were getting seriously worn out. I finally decided to go get new ones. Ironically, that same day, I saw signs for a 5k race event that was absolutely perfect for me: a 5k run through the Elmwood Cemetery, at twilight, a week before Halloween. I signed up that night.
Shortly after, I started practicing for that 5k. I know the technical term is training, but I’m not an athlete and “training” seems too serious for a non-runner (me). Finally, on October 24, 2015, it was race day. I did opt to run in Steampunk costume. Laughably, nobody thought to get a picture of me BEFORE I was all race-sweaty, so you’ll have to wait to see my Halloween pictures (coming soon).
Honestly, it was harder going than I expected, partly due to the clothing and partly due to the irregular surface (gravel path and grass). Despite that, I set a reasonably good pace, but I did end up walking some to catch my breath.
However, my boyfriend and my Mom were there to cheer me on (thanks!) and my boyfriend got video of me crossing the finish line:
My final official finishing time was 39:56. That was 20th in my age group (30-39), right about in the middle. I was 5 seconds short of setting a personal record! Although that’s immensely frustrating, I have another race coming up in December to fulfill my New Year’s Resolution goal. On the plus side, it’s my first race medal!