Sunday, October 4, 2009

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!! MY FIRST 5K in 43:48!!!!!!!!!

ME!!! After running my first 5K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!43:48!!!!!!!!! Click on the pix to enlargen!! My hair was messy but who cares, I JUST RAN A 5K!! :D

Wow!!! What a moment!! Crossing that finish line today was simply one of the best and most amazing moments of my life!! Tears ran down my cheeks as I saw that finish line and it was within my reach and I felt amazing, full of energy, no aches!! My legs felt strong and I felt like I could run forever! It was amazing!!! I was thinking of my mom and my son, my husband, and my friends and family and my trainer whipping me into shape and the blog and readers/supporters!! I just wanted to run!! There were so many people running for the cure!! All these people (strangers) cheering me on as I got closer and closer to that finish line!

"I'm running!! I'm running and about to cross the finish line of a 5K race", I thought to myself!! I was in disbelief and juiced up on adrenaline!! It was incredible. I looked up at the clock and it said 43:48 as I crossed. WHAT!!!!??? How the heck did I do that??In all the weeks of training, the fastest I ran the 5K was 59minutes. I did not run the entire thing either...there were moments when I walked..but the walks were brisk and short, I REALLY JUST WANTED TO RUN!!! I felt such happiness and pride finishing that race...truly awesome moment!

Okay, so you can tell that I am still on an incredible high here!! Let me back up a bit!! I woke up this morning feeling nervous and anxious about the run but determined non-the-less!! I put on my "runfit" (run + outfit + runfit) and headed to the run site. I took my iPod with me, seeing that I was running by myself, I figured it would help me to stay focussed. I was listening to Robert Ullrey's podcast (the C25K program). I was accustomed to the music so it was great! It really did help as I found that I zoned everything else out and focussed on the run, my form and my breathing!

A little past the halfway point, I felt myself getting tired and quickly gave myself a little pep talk (in my head!!) which went something like this, "you're running a 5K, you registered and actually showed up, you didn't chicken out!! you're doing it, YOU CAN DO THIS, you told everybody you're going to do this so DO IT, NO PAIN, NO TIRED, NO EXCUSES!!!" It was amazing, I felt the energy racing through me. I just can't find the right words to explain the feeling!!

Throughout my 5K training, I truly felt that running was not for me. I didn't find it enjoyable and usually was spent after each training session so I was really worried about how I would perform today!! After today's race, the way I felt - and I don't know if it was a combination of nerves, excitement, adrenaline and determination, but I liked it!! I LIKED IT!! I felt strong and fit!! It was just great!! That "running switch" finally went on!!So will I continue running?? YEAH!! I WILL!! I will definitely continue running because I LOVED the way I felt today!! So to all my runner friends/bloggers who kept encouraging me to keep at it...YOU WERE RIGHT!! If this is the feeling you were referring to , I can definitely get used to it!!Incredible!!

Anyway, today was an awesome day!! I've just completed one of the items on my bucket list!! This gives me great hope that I can achieve so much more. 9 months ago prior to setting out on this incredible journey, I could barely walk to my car, muchless dream of ever running a 5K race. The possibilities are endless! I'm so excited for the future!! AMAZING

Oh, the only bad thing (not really bad, bad), but because of the amount of people participating in CIBC Run for the Cure race, it was difficult to get pix and impossible to get one of me crossing the finish line... WHO CARES??? I JUST RAN A 5K RACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time...
Joania (2KMINE!!!)


Anonymous said...

Awesome! We knew you had it in you to run that 5K! Congrats...

jo said...

Oh my gosh, a HUGE congratulations to you!!! Woo-hoo! I can feel your energy and excitement! You should be so proud!!!

What an inspiration!

Your pictures are fantastic! You are glowing--and that smile on your face--priceless!

Great job!!!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!! Congratualtions Joania, you are amazing!

Natasha in TO

skinny me! said...

WOO HOO!!! Way to go! I had to laugh when I read your post because I ran my first race today as well and I feel EXACTLY the same as ridiculously happy! It is SO cool. YAY FOR US!!

Man...we've come a long way eh? Getting fit feels amazing...I cna't believe I'm saying it does :)
Keep up all the good work. You are doing AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

YES!YES!YES! I knew you could do it!!! Congratulations on your outstanding achievement!

I am so proud of you!

266 said...

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!! I don't think I've ever seen a post with more exclamation points! LOL!!! You did an amazing job and I am so happy for you... you rock!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Joania, THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!! After reading your recap, I am so excited for my first 5K on Oct. 17! I'm a little worried about my time, too, but seeing you cut yours down makes me excited that the same will happen for me!

Lana said...

Congrats Joan! I knew you could do it!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS! we all knew you could do it! It must feel WONDERFUL!

The Road Curves Ahead said...

That is so great! You beat my time when I ran my first 5k... I came in a 44 minutes 22 seconds.

You Rock Girl!

South Beach Steve said...

Joania, I don't know about everyone else, but I wish you would start writing about things you could get excited about. :-) j/k - I am SO very happy for you! This is t-totally AWESOME!

Kathleen said...

Way to go!!!!!

cmoursler said...

wow, I haven't read your blog before....but woot woot!!! I want to run a five K. I am not that far from your weight. I really didn't think I would be able to do it until I got down to the 150's, but I may have to revise my opinion. GREAT JOB. I am going to follow and add you to my blog roll. Your an inspiration.

My 3 Month Challenge said...

Woohoo!!! You are doing awesome!!!
And your progress pics kick ass too!!

Miz said...

Hope youre still walking on air.


Lagana Fitness said...

Congrats Joania!! Now it's time for 10 K training ! lol

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

This is so awesome!! You are such a positive and inspirational person :) I plan on starting to train for a 5k in January once I get a few more months of cardio training in me and a few more pounds off of me!

foolsfitness said...

I just "offically" joined your blog, but I've been reading you in mookmarks on my Sony PSP for a while.

Great news on the run. The taste of that achievement beats any fast food drive-thru bag huh?

For Foolsfitness the only running involved is running to the store for cupcakes!- Alan

Kimmy said...

We tried to take your pic...but your ran right past us!!! :>

(Wasn't this even so powerful?!)

You are such an inpsiration!

High FIVE!!!!

rusty61 said...

WHat a fantastic achievement, Joania!!! I am so impressed by you and all you've done. Keep up the great work!!!!

Joania said...

Thanks you everyone!!

@ Miz - Still walking on air...maybe even "jogging" on air lol!!

@ rusty61 - thanks so much..I WILL keep it up

@Kimmy - so bummed that I missed you!!I would have loved to meet you and hug ya!! I'm a hugger! :)

@foolsfitness - thanks for the nice comments and for following.

@ Lagana - 10K?? Maybe...maybe!! :)

@ Scale Warfare - don't wait!! DO IT NOW!! :) YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Fat[free]Me said...

WELL DONE - and in excellent time too! Woo-hoo!