Mayors 5K Challenge - My First 5k! November 21, 2012 on obsolete29.com

Completing 5 "races" is the second item on My 40 Before 40 list. On Sunday the 17th, I ran my first ever real 5K, the Mayor's 5K Challenge in Nashville.

Going into it I really had no idea what to expect. There were lots of people -- the website says 5000! -- doing this thing and I was a little surprised at how many of us there were.

Seeing how the corrals worked was informative. I got into the main corral; the 21-35 minute one. That seemed like a wide range so I got into the very back. I usually do a 12 minute mile so that means I should be able to finish a 5k right around 36 minutes. The course was hilly and I was a little surprised about that. You don't really notice the hills when you're driving downtown but that's quite another story when you're running.

I hadn't really ran any the week before which was a huge mistake... I should have figured out some way to make the time because I struggled on the whole run to find my zone and feel good with my pace. I'm not sure if it was all the people I was running with or the fact that I hadn't run any that was throwing me off but I was pretty miserable the whole time. Plus, headphones were "discouraged" on the run so I didn't bring mine. I'm a newbie runner and it's hard to run without the music; weird I know.

RunKeeper says I finished in 38:38. I thought I would be faster and was hoping for 35 minutes. Another one of my 40 before 40 goals is to finish a 5k in under 30 minutes so that means I have a lot of work to do.

In conclusion, I'm happy I got this first one under my belt. I learned a lot about how these things work so I won't have that deer in the high beams look next time. I should have probably done some recon on the course so the hills wouldn't have been a big surprise and I should probably have made sure I was training enough the week leading up to the event. I hope to do another 5K in December. If you guys know of anything fun, let me know. I posted a couple photos below. You can check out the others here.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]Nervous energy! Darwin is not impressed. Nervous energy! Darwin is not impressed.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]And the finish.. And the finish..[/caption]