Five weeks ago I began the Ease into 5k program. It's a training program to get a non-runner to a level where they can run for 30 minutes at a time, each week adding more running and less walking time. I'm only around halfway through the program, but since Nick's company had some people who signed up to do the Cowtown 5k today, I went ahead and signed up too so I could see what happened. I ran my normal training schedule today and then once that finished I just winged it until I crossed the finish line. I was very excited about today, because I've never ran a 5k before. I've participating in several 5k walks for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but it was always with a group of ladies from church and we yakked the whole time and it always took us around an hour and fifteen minutes to complete. I never even considered trying to run any.
I did it! It was a really great feeling and I couldn't have been more happy with myself. My official chip time was 46:34 with a 15:00 minute mile average. Nick ran the entire race and finished at 34:57 with an 11:15 minute mile average. He wasn't really sure he would do very well because he hasn't had much time for running lately, but I knew he was just stubborn enough to make it.