Saturday, March 6, 2010. 3,367 people participated in the 33rd annual Carolina First REEDY RIVER RUN in downtown Greenville.
On Saturday morning, along with 2,069 other people in downtown Greenville, I ran my first official 5K! I just started running in October (simply to help ease my anxiety) so finishing this race was a huge accomplishment for me. I finished in 36:08 minutes, placing #663rd out of 1,204 women (or #1,339 out of 2,069 total 5K runners.)
Considering that fact that I was always the last-one-picked for teams in elementary gym class, and also that I’m turning 40 this year, I don’t think that’s too shabby. I was just happy to finish.
Lest you think I’ve turned into some great athlete, here are some of the thoughts that crossed my mind as I was running this (what seemed like endless) course.
1. why are all these little kids passing me?
2. am I really going to make it up this hill?
3. why aren’t there any ambulances out?
4. where am I going to go to the bathroom? I wonder if this lady walking her dog will take me to her house and let me use hers.
5. have I finished mile 1 yet?
6. it looks so cool seeing this street completely filled with people.
7. where is mile 2?
8. down hill… finally!
9. today is a Saturday, why am I not at home and in bed?
10. hey, I’m passing 4 college-age guys. maybe my slow pace but consistent training is paying off.
11. I hope my heart doesn’t stop before this is over. if it does, at least I “go-out” doing something interesting.
12. I wonder what that policeman would say if I asked him for a ride to the finish line.
13. wow. look at all those people cheering us on.
14. mile 3 sign, I LOVE YOU!
15. holy Cow… I actually made it! Whoo-hoo!
16. now I seriously need some oxygen, and to get away from all these thousands of people crowded together. 17. this is WAY too claustrophobic for my taste…
18. I’m so glad this is over! 🙂
Here’s some more photos of the event:
I thought these three women had on the most creative matching outfits. (I also saw some very fit men who were dressed in matching salmon colored running tights/tops. I guess they were some professional team of racers trying to qualify for the olympic team in the 10K. They looked pretty serious. I made sure to stay out of their way.)
I love this fountain.
Here's my husband Tim, and my friend Rochelle (who was visiting us over the weekend from Milwaukee) before they do the 10K. Tim has run several 1/2 marathon's, so the 10K was a piece of cake for him. Rochelle has (get this...) COMPLETED AN IRON MAN, so the 10k was just a nice "run in the park" for her too.
Here I am with Rochelle before the race. The 10K started at 9:00am but the 5K didn't start until 9:20am. It was a little chilly waiting around. I purposely wore my Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival t-shirt so that nobody would mistake me for a serious runner. 🙂
Just after the 1,298 10K maniac runners took off running.
Killing time before the 5K starts. Here's the little chip they give you for your shoe, so that they can time how long it takes you. Pretty cool, hey?!
I love how blue the sky was this morning.
Purple Pansies! (I'm pretty sure I was the only race participant photographing flowers this morning.)
Lots of restrooms on the street got plenty of use.
Here we are on Saturday evening in our matching T-shirts (which was the whole point of the weekend, as far as I was concerned.) Nathan ran the Kids' Fun Run on Friday night. He got the same shirt, PLUS a cool medal.
We're all going out for Thai food to celebrate our big accomplishment. I insisted on wearing my T-shirt since I worked so hard to earn it. (On a another note... the house shown behind me is for sale. It's quite beautiful inside and directly across the street from our house. Won't you be my neighbor... 🙂 )