04 December 2013
Baby's First 5K
I did it! I successfully participated in my first 5K! And it wasn't as bad or dreadful as I thought it would be. I know, you are probably thinking, what's the big idea? What could be so awful about Sandy doing a 5K?? But the truth of it is, I am not an athlete (shoutout to Mindy Kaling for also not being an athlete!). In fact, up until the last month or so, I pretty much loathed the idea of running/jogging. But I've been working out three to four days a week, walking my little tail around the city, and it is paying off. I know I am not the fastest runner, but the fact that I signed up, "trained", followed through, participated, and FINISHED is a huge milestone for me. Doing a 5K has been on my bucket list, and by golly I accomplished it!
The Ditka Dash was the perfect event for a newb to the racing game. It was very (I mean incredibly) well-organized. Picking up the packets, getting my shirt, and attending race day was absolutely seamless, thanks to the hardworking coordinators and volunteers.
The day of the race was absolutely gorgeous, mid-40's and sunny, the most wonderful weather to be running along the lakefront. Mari, Mo, Charlie and I met up for the race, and Mo & Charlie did the race with great speed and alacrity. Mari and I took our time, jogging half and speed walking the other half. My goal was to complete it in under 45 minutes, and I did it in 41! We were rewarded with beers and fruit snacks. But beyond completing my goal and drinking beers in a faux mustache, I enjoyed the wonderful Chicago pride that pulsated among the runners. Everyone was SO into the Ditka theme, I felt like a bit of an impostor! Chicago is such a wonderful city, and to be running with a crowd of people who just plain love Da Coach, toward the gorgeous sunny skyline took my breath away. I highly suggest doing a 5K in Chicago, and this one was super duper fun.
I'm up for doing another one (in under 41 minutes), if anyone has any suggestions or wants to be my running buddy!