Here's a recap of my Mother's Day run yesterday in Port Moody, BC...
I woke up at 6:30am to the sun peeking out - it was going to be a beautiful day for my first 5K race. Keith and the kids dropped me off at the start area where I met 3 of my friends and we got our bibs, had our last bathroom break, and got warmed up. I felt butterflies - couldn't believe I was nervous! Maybe it was more excitement...anyway, the whistle blew and we were off! There were about 150 of us, mostly women but some men too, some people pushing strollers, and some running with their older kids.
The course was more hilly than I am used to, but it was a nice path for a run. We started in the trees, nice and shaded, for the first 2K. The third kilometre took us along a road near the north side of Burrard Inlet, out in the sun; we looped back at the half-way mark and headed back into the trees towards the finish. I had to walk a couple of times but I wasn't surprised since the most I've run is 15 min at a time - but I just took 1 min walk breaks and then kept running. My family was there to welcome me back, and like Lori I got a sudden burst of energy to sprint towards the finish. I completed at 40:09 which was faster than I had ever done 5K before.
I have signed up for another 5K at the end of June and am looking forward to improving my time. My next goal after that will be to do the 10K Terry Fox run in Port Coquitlam in September. A huge thanks to Active and the sponsors for helping me in this journey, and to the other program participants for the encouragement and motiviation. It really kept me on track! I find it hard to believe I started out running 1 min at a time and now I just ran a 5K - and I liked it! By keeping up with my training, I've had more energy in my day, and lost about 10 lbs in the process.
It's been a great journey and I hope this blog has encouraged other moms to get out there, start slow, and get active!