Jennifer and I missed the official start of the 5k. So if there was a starting gun, I didn't hear it. And I was really looking forward to hearing the starting gun and feeling the rush of adrenaline that was sure to come afterward.
Luckily they knew where they were going because we sure didn't.
And then without a second thought or a pause we took off running. Getting to the starting line was so chaotic and annoying that we didn't even think about the fact that we were actually starting our first 5k or that we had to go to the bathroom - we just took off.
I had already told Jennifer she could leave me behind. She starts much faster than I do and I didn't want to hold her up.
I had my iPod and my music was playing but I didn't hear much of it. I knew I was doing the first mile with all of the hills but I didn't even feel them or notice them really. The adrenaline had kicked in and I was running.
I was weaving in and out of traffic. I was actually passing people. A lot of the walkers started before they were supposed to so I had to maneuver around them and slower runners.
I tried to keep Jennifer in my sight but she had gotten way ahead of me and soon she was lost in a sea of women with blonde ponytails, white shirts and black pants.
I saw the one mile marker and I felt victorious! I was doing it! I had easily made it up the uphill section of the course.
The second and third miles went by fairly quickly as well. There were lots of local cheerleaders stationed throughout the course cheering which really did make a huge difference. I felt important. I felt like they were cheering for me and only me.
Right before I saw the sign marking then end of mile three, Jennifer came running up beside me. I had caught up to her and had passed her without even realizing it. We ran the last one tenth of a mile together and crossed the finish line at exactly the same time! Her time was also 31:02. I love that!
So, I guess I need to biskly walk a mile and a half before my next 5k and make sure I need to go to the bathroom. Apparently it does wonders for my speed!