Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Story of My First 5K Ever

Here is a picture of my 5K team being the driest we've ever been in our entire lives:


An hour or so before the big 5K this Saturday  team Crush Cancer with Carolyn gathered from all corners for the country, across generations, with matching shirts and a variety of cute to ugly but sensible sneakers (I put my beloved Brooks in the later category) to run down the Atlantic City boardwalk and back for 3.1 miles. (Don't forget that .1!) I don't know about you, but this is what I'd been picturing in my head for the past 9 weeks:



Image found via googling "woman jogging in the sun."

The sun on my shoulders, a view of the ocean from the dry wooden boards of the board walk. And yet, this was the reality:


Literally, right as the run was about to start, it started to drizzle then rain and then pour and continue to pour for the rest of my life. You guys, my contacts almost fell out at one point, and that only ever happens if I open my eyes underwater! Here is a reenactment of me running a 5K underwater, AKA losing my mind:


Let's just say, this really hard thing that I'd been training for and psyching myself up for for 9 weeks ended up being way harder than I thought it would be. Apparently, when my sister came up to me right before mile 1, I yelled "I'm fucking miserable! This is the worst thing ever!" I am taking this opportunity to blame my f-bomb on the rain.



But guess what? I ran the entire time! Mainly because I was able to convince myself that even though I thought walking in the rain would feel better than running in the rain, it wouldn't. And you guys, when I say "rain" I mean "pouring rain," every time in this post. Here is me not giving up when I really wanted to:


When I hit the 3 mile mark, my sister Emily, who had already finished with a personal best time of 28:09, found me in the crowd and ran me home. It was the longest and best .1 mile of my life and Emily was my rain soaked encouragement fairy leading my way as I crossed the line. At 33:11 minutes! Another rain soaked fairy was Carolyn. She ran this 5k with brain cancer, grace and strength  What a hero! I was so proud to be part of her team.

My cousin had organized a lunch for the team afterwards, but my totally clueless and in denial of rain family, did not bring a change of cloths. Luckily, this resulted in the buying of on sale matching track suits from a Tropicana Casino gift shop. Pair that image with copious amounts of Italian food and you will know that all is right with he world.

Post-rain Soaked Encouragement Fairy and her fiance.

So look, I'm going to keep doing this running thing, and sign up for another 5K, but I'm not ready to say I like it yet. I"ll do it, but I've earned the right to complain about it the entire time and drop at least one f-bomb during the race if I feel like it. And that is the story of my first ever 5K.

14 comments:

  1. The rain, the .1 mile end run with your sister,Carolyn...that just lends to the epic-ness of your first 5k. Now you have a great "hero" story to reminisce about and tell your whole life. You should all splurge on those tracksuits next year-that picture is hilarious.

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    1. Thanks so much Heather! I know, track suits=awesome.

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  2. Ok, as I was reading I pictured you to be wet, but like that's really wet. Way 2 go!

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    1. Thanks Rabin! I was not exaggerating! lol

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  3. Awesome, I'm envious. I'd maybe be able to run to the end of my driveway and back. I'm so out of shape haha

    ps. thanks for drawing me as a winner for Lauren Grahams book!!!! I was so shocked and did a happy dance when I got an email today telling me!!!

    xx
    trisha
    veranellies.blogspot.com

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    1. I was so excited when your number came up on the random generator! Congrats! I think you're really going to like it :)

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  4. Sarah, CONGRATS on your first 5k!! Seriously, it was POURING! I thought that it was just a drizzle but it looked like serious flooding! I'm so proud that you didn't give up or jump on Noah's Ark or complain about being miserable and cold and wet! I see a smile and dimples in that pic!! Congrats to your whole fam and lots of love to Carolyn!!
    PS. Track suits= def Italian mafia.
    xo Larry.

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    1. Thanks Larry!! You're right, I guess I am smiling in agony in the pic :)

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  5. Well done Sarah! I am doing the Couch to 5k thing since I saw you post about it a while back and it's so great. I've always hated running and an f-bomb is definitely not a rarity for me haha but this app is really helping me. I saw that you'd run your 5k and when I went for my run today and was finding it hard I honestly thought to myself "Sarah did her race so stop whining and do it, you'll get there!" so thanks for that :) xx

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    1. OMG I love this comment so much! The thought of you thinking of me while jogging all the way across the pond makes me so happy. You can do it Suzy! What week are you on?

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    2. Haha well I do! I'm just coming up to week 5, but I think I'm going to repeat the week 4 days again because I'm still feeling really dead at the end of 5 minutes running. I just need to feel a bit more comfortable with it before I try for 6 I think! Are you running 5k's now when you go out for a run?

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    3. Sort of...2 miles is still when I really really want to stop. So the other day I did a 5k but I've also done 3 miles and walked the third or two and a half and then walked, but I'm trying to make my total distance whether walking or running about 3 miles. Sorry I don't know how many kilometers 2 miles is! There's nothing wrong with repeating a week! Keep going, you can do it!

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  6. Drop those f-bombs baby! But you still did it!!!! You look so cute drenched! Good Job & GOOD FOR YOU!

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    1. Thank you! I guess the drenched look is in this year :)

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