My first 5k race

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12th Annual Fantasy of Lights
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.  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.  That’s the way I like to think of it, anyway.

I have to thank my coworker, Ben, for even mentioning the race.  I wouldn’t have thought to look up upcoming 5k’s, but when he mentioned it, I said to myself, why the hell not?  5k is only 3 miles.  I’ve been running/walking about a mile and a half, and it’s not like 5k is some huge insurmountable obstacle.  Why not?  I could do that.  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.”  I burst out laughing when I read that one.  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.  The plan is supposed to take nine weeks.  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.

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