Well, we did it. My husband and I ran the Fargo 5K. Despite having bronchitis, and not having trained for nearly two weeks before the race, I still did it. I may not have ran the whole thing – I ended up walking four different times – I manage to run across the finish line.
Our time? Well, it wasn’t my best, but not my worst either. We did it in 37:10. Yes, I said "we" as in that was the time for both my husband and I. He could have had a fantastic time, but he ran by my side the entire time. Ahhh, yes, he is that sweet. I kept telling him to go ahead, but he wouldn’t. Now, you understand why I love him so much.
At any rate, about halfway through the race, my ribs/muscles on my left side really starting hurting and acting up. I have done so much coughing lately, that I am extremely sore, but oddly, only on my left side. Because of the pain, that is why I had to walk. The running motion just wasn’t working. Period.
And yes, I will admit I am just slightly disappointed, but not entirely. I did do it, despite being ill and I did run across the finish line, so I guess, maybe, I am happy about it. I just wish my time could have been better. I have done much better, but my goodness, with all the people (there were 5,197 runners/walkers!) it was hard to maneuver.
Seriously, 5,197 people. That was ridiculous. The sucky part is that runners and walkers were all intermingled. They should have had the walkers on one side of the road and the runners on the other side. But, oh well, it’s done and over with now.
My overall place was 2,422 out of 5,197. For my gender, I placed 1,349 out of 3,527 female participants, and for my age group (35-39), I placed 183 out of 457 females.
What I found interesting, is that our chip start, which is when we started running after the gun went off, the official start, was 8 minutes and 35 seconds. We started eight minutes and thirty five seconds after the gun went off, that is how crowded it was, that is how many people were crammed in there. Seriously, people, it was ridiculous.
But, like I said, I finished, meaning I actually ran across the finish line and that makes me feel good. Now, if I could just get rid of this dang cough and get these ribs healed, I would be so much happier!
Here are some pictures:
This is us before the race!
This is the back of my shirt. I had my blog logo put on a shirt and it looked super cool!
This is us after the race at our friend’s house with our medals. Yes, we actually got medals. Kind of cool, huh?
I can honestly say I can’t wait for my next race.