Back at the beginning of April, I started running using the popular C25K program. This Saturday, at long last, I’ll be running in my first race – the Bear Paw 5K Classic. The race is done as part of the Bear Paw Festival, a small-town summer festival that takes place in the town where I grew up, just outside of Anchorage.
I’m expecting it to be a pretty low-key event, so I plan to use the RunKeeper app on my phone to keep track of my “official” time, since I highly doubt they’ll be using chip timers 🙂
While I’m very excited to be running in my first race, I just wish that I had been able to do a 5K sooner. But between there not being many races up here, and how busy I was during June, it just wasn’t in the cards.
I’ve been able to run that distance for quite some time now – in fact, I’ve been busy training for my first 1/2 marathon that takes place just 5 weeks later. Actually being able to finish the 5K isn’t going to be much of a challenge for me at this point. Instead, I’m going to try pushing myself on time.
Tonight I went on my last run before the race Saturday. I decided to do a shorter run and work on my speed in preparation for the race. I ran 2.42 miles in 20:10, giving me a pace of 8:20/mile, which I was quite happy with, and something I could have definitely maintained for the remainder of a 5K. So if I calculate that pace out for the full 5K, that would give me a time of 25:50. Now, I’m really not sure about the race route. I think it’s fairly flat, but there are likely a few small-ish hills in there. Just to give myself some wiggle room, I’m going to bump that up to 26:30, and that’s what I’m going to shoot for. I’m going to try really hard to do it, but if I don’t, no big deal. I just like to have a goal to shoot for.
Even if I don’t meet my goal, like the title of this post says – the best thing about your first race is that it’s always a PR (personal record). 🙂
If you’re a runner, have you run in your first race yet, or are you a race veteran? Or do you prefer to just run for the sake of running, and don’t care about all this racing stuff?