5K numero uno: Frosty Footrace

By , February 23, 2009 5:30 am

Yesterday was my first 5K of the year – the Round Lake Frosty Footrace. Proceeds from the race benefit future senior fitness programs at the Round Lake Area Sports Center.

<image:Kim getting ready for the 5K;

It was under 20° F so I wore my silly Under Armour Hood.

My running partner had a 6-mile run later in the day, so I ran with Christina (Aguilera) and Fergie (from her BEP days) instead. Running with music really keep me pumped up, but I had to be careful of singing out loud along with the songs – not because of my awful singing voice, but because it would get me out of breath!

It was fun to get back out and do a race with the running community. I forgot how exhilarating it is. I hope I can fit a few more races in before the half marathon.

<image:Kim sprinting to the finish;

Doing the robot as I sprint to the finish line.

My finish time was 27:53. Apparently, that was good enough to get me first place for my age group (19-24). I remembered to stay for the awards ceremony this time.

<image:My first place medal;

My makeup was a bit runny at that point.

When I ran my first 5K, it was a very big deal for me (link at the very bottom of this page). I felt like I trained forever. I even made my parents and sister come watch us race.  Afterward, we went out to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant – El Famous Burrito. I ate a huge burrito and a big plate of chips, thinking “I deserve this! I worked my butt off!”

I laugh when I think about that now. It WAS a big deal, but I did not deserve the feast I gave myself. Let me explain – I thought running a 5K meant I could go eat whatever I wanted for the rest of the day. But now, 3 miles is a low mileage run for me. I run it, then go to bed, without eating anything to “re-fuel.” I don’t need to! I guess what I am trying to say is, it’s neat that I’ve gained some endurance. That doesn’t mean the race today was super easy, but it definitely was on the light side.

Funny side note: we saw two people from our fencing class at the race! Now I will know their excuse if they are sluggish tonight! Hee hee.

14 Responses to “5K numero uno: Frosty Footrace”

  1. Gina (Mannyed) says:

    That race looked frosty, indeed! Congrats on the award! But perhaps even more impressive, you wore make-up on race day : ) j/k! You’re award is way more impressive!

  2. SoMi's Nilsa says:

    Awesome that you got out there in the cold this weekend. You clearly beat me in that category!

  3. tori says:

    Good for you! That is great!

    I totally know what you mean about it being “only” a 5k foodwise. My friend and I did one with another friend who wasn’t really a runner. She was starving and was pissed when she heard us say that we were fine because it was only a 5k. I remember my first one, and I remember how hard it seemed, but now that I do triathlons and run a lot more, running a 5k isn’t exhausting like it used to be.

  4. sizzle says:

    You’re so inspiring!

  5. YAY!!!! Congratulations on the 1st place!!! that’s awesome!!!! and double yay for staying for the awards ceremony!!!! it’s really neat to hear how your body has adapted and changed- you’ve come such a long way- i’m so proud of you!!!!!

  6. diane says:

    I can’t even motivate myself to run on the treadmill in this weather! 😉 Ha ha. GREAT JOB! You have much to be proud of, and much more to come!!

  7. Sarah says:

    Wow, I’m really impressed!! And proud of you for doing it…looks COLD! *haha* You inspire me. 🙂

  8. Christina says:

    First place?! Congratz sistah!

  9. kilax says:

    Gina (Mannyed) – Thank you! I seem to always put makeup on and do my hair on race day – even if no one can see my face. Yesterday, I had the hood on AND sunglasses! Ha. I think I am a creature of habit.

    kapgar – Thank you 😀

    SoMi’s Nilsa – Ha ha! But I waited until it stopped snowing! No way I was running on Saturday!

    tori – Thank you for understanding. You explained that so much better than I did. Your body just becomes used to it! It’s a good thing!

    sizzle – Thank you 🙂

    CourtneyInControl – I am happy I stayed THIS time! We were talking about leaving early again. Steven didn’t run, but he watched me. Poor guy. I ate up his whole day.

    diane – I really have to push it to want to run too. Something about the snow makes me just want to snuggle under the blankets with Data. Ha. Thanks 🙂

    Sarah – Thank you! 🙂

    Christina – Ha. Only in my age group. But thanks 😉

  10. claire says:

    hey, 1st in your age group is cool. Don’t deflect the praise.


  11. You go GIRL!!!!! That is fantastic…you’re my hero!!!!

  12. Nat says:

    Well done. Funny how the mileage creeps up what seemed impossible at first now seems ordinary eh?

    Looked pretty cold out there. 😉

  13. kilax says:

    claire – Thanks 😉 I guess I just don’t want to make a big deal of it and have people think that I think I am all that.

    Amy @ Passages to the Past – Tee hee, thank you 😉

    Nat – It is funny AND amazing to find out what your body can do. To think, I used to train and train for a 5K. Now I can just pick up one whenever! It was kind of chilly at first, but you know how it is – once you get going you feel great!

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