|Mandi and me finishing the run. I was leaning down to pet her for doing so well. Not a great picture, but a very proud moment.|
|Just before crossing the finish line. I was pretty much dragging Mandi at this point because I was sprinting to get around all the people. =P|
|Can't really see me here because it was before I passed #102, but Mandi looks so darn cute. =P|
This 5K meant even more for me than just knocking an item off of my bucket list for several reasons:
1. When I was training for this run I spent 3 weeks down and out because of various reasons so I felt so unprepared for anything, let alone 3.1 miles.
2. This goes with the last statement, in the last 12-ish weeks that I've been training, I had yet to run a full 5K without stopping! And I actually did it! I was anticipating having to stop and walk part of it, but I was able to KEEP GOING!
3. I completed my 5K in 32:53! It may not seem very good to the avid runner, but it means so much to me.
4. I got to run it with Mandi, my pooch. She did sooooo good, I was worried about her running with a bunch of other dogs because she tends to get a little protective, but not only was she friendly but she kept me going through the run and made me look good. =D
5. Finally, out of 213 people that participated in the run/walk, I came in as the 78th. This includes all age groups, genders, and those with/without dogs. Again, may not sound that great, but my goal was to make it in the top 100 and I smashed that goal!
This is something that definitely lifted my spirits today and made me so proud of the accomplishments that I continue to make. I cannot wait to run another one with my husband to show him how far I really have come in the past several weeks. =)
**As a side note, if you look at the left column of the page, you'll notice that I added a section on my running, so you can see for yourself how much I have improved in such a short time. If I can do it, you can do it!