Today, I signed up for my first 5k race – well, my first race period – the 12th Annual Fantasy of Lights 5k.
While this will technically be a race, I will in no way be judging my results by the time it takes me to finish, or where I finish in the pack.Â I feel like a winner just registering for the thing, because if I finish, I’ll be “ahead” of everybody else in the city who didn’t run that day.Â That’s the way I like to think of it, anyway.
I have to thank my coworker, Ben, for even mentioning the race.Â I wouldn’t have thought to look up upcoming 5k’s, but when he mentioned it, I said to myself, why the hell not?Â 5k is only 3 miles.Â I’ve been running/walking about a mile and a half, and it’s not like 5k is some huge insurmountable obstacle.Â Why not?Â I could do that.Â And hey, it comes with a t-shirt, and I’m all about t-shirts.
The description says: “The 5K course is flat, fast, and ideal for setting a personal record.”Â I burst out laughing when I read that one.Â I will definitely be setting a personal record, that record being a race completion.
I’ve been loosely following the Cool Running Couch to 5k Plan for the last couple of weeks, but I didn’t think I’d actually be doing a 5k run.Â The plan is supposed to take nine weeks.Â The race is in a week and a half, but I’m not worried because I’m sure I’ll be walking some of it anyway.