Sunday, September 20, 2009

Running Green

From Emmett Day 5K
Today I ran my first 5K. The kids and Bob ran or walked a 1 mile course before the 5K. James and Suzy ran most of the course. David walked all of it, I think, and Emily ran a little and walked most of it. Bob, of course, walked with his cane, and had the distinction of finishing last, having declined a ride to the finish line. He got applause though!

I was able to run almost the whole thing; just a few times I slowed to a walk to catch my breath and then right back to jogging. I didn't feel overtaxed or tired, but took it easy since this was only the second time EVER I had jogged 3.1 miles. I was pleased with my time - just under 35 minutes, if Bob heard right. I had the 80's rock blaring in my headphones. lol

The weather was perfect - sunny but not hot and there was a bit of a breeze. We ran on a road, at the beginning it was packed gravel, but the bulk of the course was pavement. At 1.5 miles, we were offered water. There the course doubled back on itself, so the second half of the course was the first half in reverse.

We all got medals for running and the winners got trophies. No tee-shirts, since this was a "green" race. They asked everyone to wear green and it also kept the cost low. Just $5 for the 5K and $1 for the 1 miles. Afterwards there was water, apples, pretzels, and cookies for the participants. The race had a nice small-town feel. 89 people participated in the races and the spirit was encouraging and friendly.

Yes, I will do another 5K! Know of any good ones?


Niffercoo said...

AWESOME!!! I can't help it. I have to say it again: "I TOLD YOU YOU COULD DO IT!!!!!!"


MICHELE said...


I am SOOOOO proud of you! I could never do that!

Ugh, of course thanks to you and how you've inspired me to read novels and you've even inspired me to do the nano thing in November....
.....maybe if you keep inspiring me, I could run a 5K too, someday?

I am so happy I know you,

Sadie said...

Way to go Lisa!!!! :) We're all so proud of you!!

Wee Pip said...

I was thinking of you all day, yesterday! Glad it went well! I never would've even thought of entering a 5K; how do you think of these things? LOL. Not only did you think of it; you entered & succeeded! You're an inspiration to all of us moms out there - keep it up!