You read it correctly! I finished my first 5 K today! And it feels AWESOME!!!
Lets go back to the beginning of the week : Mondays nights class, I ran, felt good. By Wednesday full on cold had set in. I think it was more of a sinus infection since my head and eyes were killing me. I was taking everything I could find. Felt like crap. Still had to work, so I couldn’t rest like I wanted to. When I am sick – I need rest, so building up to this run, I was kind of freaking out. I was terrified of this run. I was even more devastated at the thought of not being able to do this thing I had been building myself up for.
Well, I was able to have Saturday off , so I rested , all day. And when I woke up today…. I felt so much better!
So at the crack of dawn, we piled into the car and headed to the run. It meant a lot to me that my husband and kids were coming with me.
When we arrived, I had to pickup my bib. My very first number!
I met up with some other gals from the gym and we headed to the start line. Got my Map my run app going, tunes were on, and we were off! The first mile I felt good, kinda of kept up with people too. First mile I was done in about 13:30 minutes. I was psyched! I Kept going , the crowd around me was dwindling out , as I knew it would. The run today had a turnaround point where you came back the way you went. So , as I was chugging along, I was seeing all the gals from the gym coming down the other side on their way back. It was great to look up and see happy faces encouraging me. At the 2 mile mark is when my feet started to go numb, not sure if that is a normal thing for someone running or not, or if it is normal for an overweight person running, but it happened. But I kept going, Just Keep Swimming! Around 2 1/2 miles, The song ” Brave ” by Sara Barilles came on my phone. It was awesome! I kept moving and moving. Hit 3 miles! I was so happy to be near the end. Just Keep Swimming! I took my headphones out for the final stretch. Then along side me, my friend Melissa from the gym. We were going to cross the finish line together!
We ran up to the finish line, I look up and who do I see? My sweet nephew Dexter! And my brother in law, Mark. I had no idea they would be coming. Then I look and see my husband Chad, and my kids Tyler, Jason , and Maddie, cheering me on at the finish line. Then at the end, my sister Rachel! It was such an amazing feeling to finish. It was awesome to finish along side my bud Melissa. And it was the absolute best to finish with my family watching.
Here are some pictures from the finish line:
I don’t even know how to describe how I feel finishing this run. I am so overcome. I finished, but now I want to do better. My results are below:
Place No. Name Div/Tot Div Ag S City St Nettime Pace Guntime Pace 276 385 Megan Ashworth 57/61 F3039 33 F North Andove MA 45:04 14:31 45:27 14:38
I didn’t finish last, almost, lol, 276 out of 293, but its a start and I am pretty darn proud. It is something to work on. Another goal to crush. I can’t be stopped! I am going keep moving and keep swimming. It was a great day.
If you learn anything from my blog, I hope it is to never give up, no matter the odds. We all have greatness within us, sometimes it just takes a while for our spark to be lit. My spark is on fire! And there ain’t no way it is burning out any time soon.