Completed With: Shital L., Amanda S., Michael L., John N., Manida C., Dale S., Christine H., Dinh N., Stella K., Lisa S., Justin S. and many more
Date Completed: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Yesterday, I completed my first 5K run, the Firefly Run in Atlanta, GA. It’s a night run around Piedmont Park. My friends and I were on a team named Bright Bugs. One of our teammates even made us shirts that glowed in the dark! The front had a bug on wheels and the shirt read, “Don’t bug me. I’m wheely fast.” Ha! So clever. There were a lot of my sorority sisters who ran too. Glad everyone is so active! Makes me want to work exercise more.
My official time on the website is 41:59:35. But, it says my chip time was 40:59:75. My pace as 13:12. I was 1239th out of 2255. I was 242 out of 357 in my age group (20-24).
The course was had more hills than I thought. The map on the website was different than the actual course because there were some roads that they couldn’t close so the course was changed. I ran and walked the course, but I’m pretty surprised at how much I could actually run. Luckily, my best friend, Shital, stayed with me the whole time. Yay! She totally could have left me, but she didn’t.
There were no mile markers… that I could see. It was pretty dark in some places. But, I didn’t know how far I had run or how much we had left. By the time we got back in the park, I figured we were on the last stretch. I sprinted as much as I could to cross the finish line. Right after I crossed the line, I had a really strong urge to throw up. I don’t know why because I hadn’t even eaten anything in about 8 hours.
I hated how people would just cross the finish line and stand around. Get out of the way! I had to push my way out the group of people because I was so scared I would throw up on someone. Shital grabbed me and pulled me off to the grass on the side. My legs were giving out so I had to hold on to her. My vision was blurry and I was light headed. I could feel an asthma attack coming on. Luckily, with all of my asthma attack experience, I learned how to recognize the signs that I might be having one soon and how to stop it. After a few minutes, I was good to walk while still holding on to Shital.
We eventually met up with the rest of the group, calmed down, stretched a bit and headed to Park Tavern to watch the rest of the UGA game and eat. We walked in and one the guys immediately gave me a beer. I was thinking to myself, “WTF? Who drinks beer right after they run?” I looked around and quickly found the answer to my question – everybody. We ate, watched the rest of the UGA game and then watched the end of the FSU game. I don’t really get football, but to my understanding, they were both upsets. Yes? I’m not sure.
Eventually, I made it home. My legs weren’t too bad today. They only really hurt when I walk up and down the stairs. Hopefully, my personal trainer won’t be making me do too much lower body at the gym tomorrow.
It was a great experience! I have another 5K in March. Hopefully, I’ll do better than 41 minutes. I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t started working out this year, I would not have been able to even pull off 41 minutes. Let’s see how well I do next time.