My 1st 5K Race
Many probably are chuckling that I even decided to blog about this…Yes I hear you gym rats and people who run 5Ks with their eyes closed. Hate on run-a-holics, cuz when I get this time down, we’ll see who laughs last! Ok i’m just kidding, you know I love to think I may have even an ounce of comedic value.
On to more serious things…I RAN MY FIRST 5K!! And I can truly say I ran it, well jogged it…the whole thing.
Digicel was the main sponsor for an event they called 'Take Back the Night'. It was a huge success as over 5,500 persons registered to run or walk or wheel themselves for 5K through the streets of downtown Kingston (Jamaica)…at night. The race started at 7pm and then was followed by an after party with music, food and entertainment. This is a huge feat in a country with a high rate of violence, and where only a few years ago the same streets of downtown were under gunfire.
I put on my running gear and went to join a plethora of bright lights, people, security and good spirit for this historical activity. Mind you, though I have been working out, general fitness and running a 5K are two different types of training. Usually I have only been able to run about half of this without stopping to walk, but last night I thugged it out with my new running partner, Sonia. We kept a slow and steady pace and jogged from start to finish. #CONSISTENCY :)
My time according to the MyLaps chip on my chest, was 35:25. Give or take a few seconds, all that matters is that I finished, I jogged the whole thing, and I’m really proud of myself. Best of all, the money from this event is going to special needs. This includes organizations for the blind, deaf and autistic, amongst other groups.
Outside of my personal milestones, I commend Digicel, the sponsors and all the organizers for putting on such a wonderful event for charity, and for general nation building. I had a good time, and I’m down for the next one.
Set a goal or a challenge for yourself, and strive to accomplish it, and once you do, be proud of what you have done and then set a new standard. Have a great day and thanks for reading.