Monday, February 27, 2012

My first race: Move It Memphis 5k.

Hello ladies! Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday so far!
 I'm posting today to tell y'all all about my 5k this past Saturday!

I was pretty nervous before hand, since it was my first race ever & my knee had been bothering me the day before on my long run, but 3.1 miles isn't far so I knew I could it. I just wanted to have a good time! Our goal was under 27, but I would have been happy with anything under 29! When we started out my knee was KILLING me and honestly it hurt the entire time, but I pushed through the pain. I wanted a good time!

Well, Christin & I crossed the finish line together with a time of 26:14!  We finished 15th/16th out of ALL the 330 women that ran the 5k that day!  & I finished 6th in my age division {25-29}!
 I'd say that is pretty good for my first race EVER :)

I was so proud of us! We had so much fun & I see MANY more races 
together in our future, including our half marathon in April!

Here are some pictures from race day!

My beautiful cousin {Christin} & I.
 So thankful for her and her encouragement. I would have never done this without her! :)

Christin & I had a GREAT support team: my husband {Jonathan}, my best friend & Christin's future sister-in-law {Linsey}, & Christin's mom {Mrs. Candy, who took the picture}. They were great cheerleaders for us! :)

Talking & stretching before the race. I was pretty nervous!

Just minutes before the race began!

And there we go! Just starting!

Crossing the finish line together. SUCH a wonderful feeling!

After just finishing 3.1 miles in 26 minutes & 14 seconds! 

LOVE her! :)

We were very thankful for the support & encouragement of these two :)

SO HAPPY! :)

{3.1 miles}
Next time we take this photo we will have to add a 1 in front of the 3 :)

Well, I have to say that my first race was a major success! I'm so proud of how far I've come from when I first started running two months ago. I would have NEVER thought I would be able to run three miles without stopping, much less training to run a half marathon. So, I'm saying to those of you out there who don't think they can be a runners: YES YOU CAN! If I can do it, so can you! :)

Now, I am really looking forward to our half marathon in Nashville {4/28}!
I am planning to take a few days off to get my knee better, then its time to get ready for the half :)

61 comments:

dreaming en francais said...

Wow, good job!!! That's huge -- just running the race would be more than I could do, let alone finishing in 15th (and 6th) out of all those people! xo

http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com

Amy Lynn said...

congrats on finishing!! it makes me want to do a race.. and i don't even like running ha!

Leslie said...

YAY!! Congratulations on your first race and your awesome time!! I am running a half-marathon this Saturday and I am not really ready for it :( I am just hoping to finish this one!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Wow, that's impressive! Great job for finishing your first race and congrats on getting such an amazing time! You go girl! :)

Samantha said...

congrats girl!!!!! That's awesome~

Page Twenty-Two said...

YAY! Congratulations! That is awesome - you did great for your first race! Good for you!

Kristen said...

Congrats on your first race! I used to run cross-country so I'm very familiar with that 5K! I did the Nashville half a few years ago - so much fun, you will love it!

Jes said...

congratulations! this is beyond awesome!
-jes

Amy Collins {Fresh and Fancy} said...

Great pictures! It looks like you had a blast! I love doing 5k's and hope to do a half marathon some day! I have heard the Nashville one is awesome! I lived there for 6 years and loved watching the runners down my street every year! You will love it!

Shayna said...

That's so awesome! Congrats to you & your cousin! I've wanted to do a 5k myself but, I'm too chicken! You've inspired me!

July said...

I don't know if my previous comment worked, so just in case I wanted to say Congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment!!! I would LOVE a blog post about how you got into running sometimes, and how you stay motivated!

Crissy B. said...

Congrats on your time! I loved all the pictures!

lori said...

great job, valerie!!! great time!! and you still looked cute... even after running a 5k!

Brittany said...

What a great time, Valerie! Way to go! I don't know anyone that could look so pretty after just finishing a race....I wanna know your secret :)
hope your knee starts feeling better soon.

Daisy said...

That is so amazing!! You did so great for your first race! You motivate me to want to run one too :)

Ashlee @ They Lived Happily Ever After... said...

Get ready to be addicted to racing, girl! It gets in your blood!

Michelle P said...

Wow congrats!

Pamela said...

SO happy for you!! That is great!! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Allyson said...

Great job! It looks like you had a great time. I could definitely never do that!

Allyson
http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

Caroline said...

You did such a great job! :) Next time we need to plan to meet up!

Kristen said...

You did a great job - great time! I love 5K's - they're so much fun!

Becca said...

Great job! That is an awesome time!

Sarah said...

Way to go girl!! I ran my first race last year and it was a 10k. The feeling of crossing the finish line was so great! I remember feeling so accomplished too! Yayy you! :)

ps- i'm pretty sure I have the same workout pants as your cousin :)

Laura said...

You go girl! That is SO awesome!

Christina May Andrews said...

GREAT JOB on the race!

Anna said...

Good JOB!!!!

Anna said...

Good JOB!!!!

mcpetrsn said...

Congrats on your first race!! What an awesome time!! :):)

Sarah said...

Yay! So glad it went well!

Liesl said...

Look how adorable you are!!! Congrats on the race...you go girl! :) I have a few friends training for some now and so look up to them! :)

Tiffany said...

Way to go!!! That's awesome!

Allison said...

Congrats girl! I've always wanted to run in some type of race. I'm feeling inspired...maybe I should sign up for one now before it wears off. :)

Kristin said...

Congrats!!

Anna said...

Wow!! Great job!! It is on my goal list to run a marathon of some sort. I've never been any good at running but I want to put a stop to that!! Thanks for being such an inspiration!! :)
-Anna
asweetsouthernmess.blogspot.com

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Dang girl! Your time is awesome!
Good for you :)
I can't believe it was your first race!

And a half marathon in April..wow!
I'm doing a 5k in December - The Color Run!
Can't wait :)
I'll do a few more before then though!

Hope you had a great Monday!
xo

Jenn said...

Congratulations! Good luck on your half marathon!

jennifer blair said...

Woohoo! Good for you girl! I've always been a runner but never done a race. You've inspired me to go for it though!

jennifer blair said...

Woohoo! Good for you girl! I've always been a runner but never done a race. You've inspired me to go for it though!

The Presutti's said...

Congrats girl :) I know how good it feels when you accomplish something like that. I hope your knee gets to feeling better :)

Meg Cady said...

SO IMPRESSED!!!!
GO YOU! CONGRATS!!

Xo

Holly said...

Congrats girl!! Looks like you really are doing something you love & that is one of the best feelings :)

Delta Daisies said...

so proud of you!

Kaylee said...

Yay! So happy it went well and you had so much fun! I'm the same way with running! I never thought I would like it (even though my whole family is a bunch of runners haha) but two months ago I fell in love with it! I want to do a half marathon this year too! So I'll be excited to hear how your training/race go :)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

congratulations!!! that's so fun!

Dummy Does a Triathlon said...
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Dummy Does a Triathlon said...

Awesomeness!

Ariane said...

this is so inspiring!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

That is a great time, Valerie! Especially for your first 5k! Congratulations! Cheers to good health!

Alexis said...

YAY for competing in your 1st race! That really is a big accomplishment and I'm so proud of you :)

wHiT said...

Awe! WAY TO GO HUN! I love road races, you will get addicted, trust me! :) they are so much fun! I was thinking of doing the Rock N' Roll one in Nashville this Summer I think it is!

Take care
-wHiT

Leigh said...

Congratulations! That is an AMAZING time for your first 5k!

Vicky said...

Congrats on your first race!! Awesome time for it being your first time :)

Summer-Raye said...

Great job Valerie.
Follow each other?

Kelly Ginn said...

Val! You did so SO good =] you're gonna kick 13.1's butt! Can't wait =]

Val said...

Very inspiring.

Kristin said...

You are so cute even after running a 5k!! You inspire me to start running!

Jill @ ACharmedLife said...

congrats girlie :) that is super impressive. your dedication gives me some serious motivation!

Emma said...

I'm so proud of you!! Wow. My dad wants me to do a half marathon in June and let me tell ya, that is 13 miles...13 miles that I will suffer through. Like you, I have knee problems. I actually have the term 'runners knee' and it is seriously no fun! That is so awesome you did this...you've definitely inspired me to atleast do a mini one in the near future to start out :)

Samantha said...

woooooot!! good job on your race!

Annie said...

Congratulations, Valerie! You did so well!

Karla said...

Yes we can!! I REALLY wasnt to run a 5k and then eventually a marathon!!Thanks for stopping by my blog super glad I found yours :)