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I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K!

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Sorry didn’t mean to yell, but I DID IT!! I can’t believe it. I mean I’ve been talking about it for a while now but not until I actually crossed the finish line did it become apparent that I finished my first 5 race!

Roni's 5K my number

It was FUN! The starting gate was jam packed with people and I felt a little out of place among the High School track teams and hoards of shirtless runners with water equipped fanny packs. I stayed towards the back and kept my own pace. People passed me and that was ok. Although, my inner competitor really wanted to smoke them I knew I’d never finish if I didn’t keep a slow pace. My goal wasn’t speed it was to finish and I did that in exactly 32:40! My goal was 35 minutes so I’m ecstatic!

Here I am about a 10th of a mile from the finish. Honestly, I was dying (can you tell?) The last ½ mile was up hill and I was trying so hard to keep a jogging pace. I did stop to walk twice around the 2 mile and mark but I kept a fast pace just to get through a little cramp-age.

Roni Running in 5K

When I saw the husband and the toddler just after they shot this picture it was the highlight of the event. Once the toddler got a glimpse of me he was so excited and it gave me that push to speed through the finish!

Here’s my cheesy post race thumbs up shot. I look like mess but I was glowing on the inside! Really, the feeling post race was more then I expected. I was so happy I finished!

Next time, 30 minutes, what do yo think? Gosh! I’m so goal orientated! lol



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Discussion

There are 59 comments so far.

    ashley

    June 1, 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    That’s a great time! (You beat me!)

    Caroline

    June 1, 2008

    WOO HOOO!!! Congrats, Roni! That is awesome, and you have every right to be so proud of yourself! :) You go girl!!!

    bigtickles

    June 1, 2008

    That is so AWESOME! I am now more than motivated to start running. Of course, only after I finish this pregnancy – ha ha.

    Keep it up Roni!

    Xenia

    June 1, 2008

    Well done! I did my first race in April and I have my fourth coming up next weekend. It’s so addicting!

    natalie

    June 1, 2008

    That’s wonderful! Congrats!

    figsandolives

    June 1, 2008

    congratulations!!!!!
    my first 5k, i did ~37 mins. Now, 5 years later, 20 pounds lighter, i can do ~30 mins! :))))))

    i love to run, but couldn’t seem to get (much) faster, no matter how much running i did.. In 4 months, i’ve lost 20 lbs, and i’m just feeling SO LIGHT, running is less effort, and am breaking PRs all the time now!

    junr1278

    June 1, 2008

    Good Job !!! Looks Like you had a blast !!! so when are you gonna sign up for a 10k !!! :)

    IzzyBeth

    June 1, 2008

    Congratulations!!!

    MizFit

    June 1, 2008

    ok
    how sad is it that I totally got teary over this.

    CONGRATS.

    I hope youre walking, errr, running on air all day.

    MizFit

    Nellie

    June 1, 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    I wanted to say that I ran high school cross country and I still feel out of place (five years post high school) when I line up next to them at road races. That’s them being weird and runner-y, not you being out of place! :-D :-D

    Jess' s Food Coma

    June 1, 2008

    YOU ROCK!

    Steph

    June 1, 2008

    Congrats! You should be so proud of yourself!

    Mindy

    June 1, 2008

    Congratulations!! And you look beautiful in the pic. Enjoy the high, you definitely deserve it! About the plastic surgery, just think of it as a tune up :) I am excited for you and hope it is an easy recovery!

    Amanda

    June 1, 2008

    AWESOME Roni!!!! That feeling of crossing the finish line is addicting!!! That runner’s high…ahh..it’s awesome! I’m so happy for you! WAY TO GO!!!

    Anonymous

    June 1, 2008

    You go girl! Congratulations Roni! You are such an inspiration! That’s what I LOVE about your site!

    The example you set for Ryan is so TOTALLY worth all that you do. Inpiration for my daughters is one of the reasons I am working toward a helathier lifestyle. Who knows? I may take up running of some kind myself. LOL Now THAT’S a laugh!
    But, then again, stranger things have happened!
    Tammy

    Amanda

    June 1, 2008

    Congrats!!! You are an inspiration to so many.

    Laura Brandon

    June 1, 2008

    awesome!! congrats on the time!

    p.s. i figured out who you look like. you look like elizabeth reaser. you know, ava/rebecca in grey’s? so pretty.

    Anonymous

    June 1, 2008

    AWESOME JOB!

    LMGIVES

    June 1, 2008

    You rock!

    kikimonster

    June 1, 2008

    rock on!!! that is so inspiring, since i’m training for a 5K right now

    Anonymous

    June 1, 2008

    Great time! Did you do anything special to train for the 5K? Running outside is so much different than the treadmill, right? I thought of you this morning as I ran my 4 mile course, it was a gorgeous day to run on the east coast. You did great!

    Melissa

    June 1, 2008

    YAY you did it! I loved my first 5k too (and only one to date). The energy is just fun! congrats!

    Anonymous

    June 1, 2008

    YAY!!! Congrats!

    Heidi

    June 1, 2008

    You just made me cry. I am so happy for you. Kudos girl, kudos.

    MaryBCunningham

    June 1, 2008

    You look beautiful and SO HAPPY in that pic!
    Congrats!

    Donna

    June 1, 2008

    OMGosh! That is so awesome! Congratulations Roni. You go girl. :) I’m running my first 5K at the Danskin Traithalon at Disneyland in CA. in June and I only hope I do as well as you did. :) I’m really excited for you! Congrats again. (did you cry at the finish?) :)

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    June 2, 2008

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    kyree90

    June 2, 2008

    Congrats on the finish. That’s great. It makes me want to get to the gym tomorrow to finish Week 3, Session 3 of C25K!

    Melissa

    June 2, 2008

    WOOT! Congratulations, Roni! I’ve done several 5k’s, but have yet to finish one without walking most of it. My running is improving so I hope to entirely run one eventually. WTG on such a fantastic time for your first race! :-)

    Anonymous

    June 2, 2008

    Well done!
    Your thumbs up isn’t cheesy. And you look so great – glowing!

    Christy

    June 2, 2008

    This is great! Congratulations. We are all proud of you!

    weelittleme

    June 2, 2008

    congratulations!!!

    Anonymous

    June 2, 2008

    AWESOME!!! YOU DID IT!!! whooo hoooo!!

    Anonymous

    June 2, 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS !!! You must be so proud

    jancat30

    June 2, 2008

    Congrats on the 5K. What a great feeling it must be to hit another big goal.

    Maggie

    June 2, 2008

    woohoo! Congrats Roni! You Rock!

    Erin C.

    June 2, 2008

    Congratulations Roni…I can totally relate to you wanting to “smoke them” as you put it. I remember the feeling I had when I ran my first race…I wanted to do the same. Now, I am addicted, two years and about 25 races later – I can say that I have done that…I always set my end goal to just finish…and that is the most rewarding part! Good Luck and Keep Running….

    Miss July...not...yet

    June 2, 2008

    Roni! Congrats. You look great in the pic and I am betting you feel amazing…maybe a little tired.
    As always, you inspire!

    Crista

    June 2, 2008

    ok so I’m a little behind……and just caught up reading…congrats on the book..I thought this was a great idea when I read it and I will definately purchase one as I love all of your recipes…….
    Second…Im behind your decision on the surgery..you are your own person and what makes you happy is what counts
    third..congrats on the race that is soooo awesome…I am so happy for you!

    Anonymous

    June 2, 2008

    Congrats Roni!!!

    Jessica

    June 2, 2008

    Congratulations! That’s great!

    Lauren P

    June 2, 2008

    Way to go! I run my first post-baby 5K this coming Saturday.

    Kit

    June 2, 2008

    You’re so very amazing! Congratulations!

    bikini

    June 3, 2008

    Congratulations, very well done. keep it up,

    Jeremy

    Anonymous

    June 3, 2008

    Roni

    You are an inspiration!!!

    Later Gator

    June 3, 2008

    Congratulations!

    Be careful–running is addicting! Next thing you know, you’ll be prepping for a half marathon…

    Michele

    June 3, 2008

    Congrats, Roni! I don’t know how I missed this post. That is a great accomplishment!

    michelle

    June 7, 2008

    Good on you girl! Well done. This is my first visit to your blog. You are very inspirational- i will be sure to tell my friends and clients about you! Thanks.

    Beth@Sportsmomma

    June 13, 2008

    WTG on the 5k. I just started running in April and I’m really “enjoying” it. I mapped out a 5k in the neighborhood and did it in 37 min today. My goal is to be down to at least 32 by October when I run my first official 5k!

    Keep up the great work!!!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    June 6, 2012

    And now that it’s been a few years and you’re a full-fledged runner, how long does it take you to run 5K?

    roni

    June 6, 2012

    My times range from 28-32 minutes. It really depends on my training, the course, how I’m feeling, etc. I’m not in it to win it and I don’t like running fast but I do get faster when I’m really training. At my best I’m maybe a 9:30 minute miler but my average is more lik 10:15 or so. I always set a loose goal of 10 minutes a mile on average. So I like to finish 5ks in 30 minutes or less.