My First 5k

Several years ago, I decided that when I turned 30 I wanted to run the Peachtree Road Race 10k in Atlanta on July 4. I am not a runner and I have never been able to run. I have always wanted to be able to run but I guess I didn’t think I had the disciple or endurance.

My goal in running the race is to “run” the entire race without walking not to “win.” Well this year I turned 30 and started training to run the Peachtree on March 15. Jessica Kenney and I have been running 4 times a week. The first week we would run for five minutes and walk for two minutes. I must admit those first five minutes seemed like eternity and now one month later we are running 3.5 miles. This has been very fun and so we decided to enter a 5k race.

We registered to run in the 5k 4kids race that we completed on Friday night. We wanted to experience a race prior to running in the 10k. Jim, the kids and I set out for Cordova on Friday night meeting up with the Kenney Family and Ms. Connie.

I was able to run the entire race and it was a great experience. I completed to race in 30:29. We, or should I say Jim, was fortunate that there was a park for the kids to play on while Jessica and I raced.

Here are some pictures of race night. Ms. Connie made flags for the kids to wave as we crossed the finish line. The Perdue Kids had UGA “G” flags and the Kenney Kids had Alabama “A” flags. Too Cute!

Jessica and I in line waiting on the race to beginAnna Kate playing on the slide while I was racing.
The boys waiting on the mommies to cross the finish line.

Getting close to the finish line…..
My biggest supporter waiting for me at the finish line.
My training partner, Jessica Kenney.
The whole gang…
The Perdue Family enjoy the live entertainment. Waiting on the results of the race.

***update*** The results were just posted and I came in 5th place in my age division.

8 thoughts on “My First 5k

  1. You go girl! I’m proud of you! My 10K days are over, but I have started running again to prepare for Komen Race for the Cure (Kristi’s Krew team) in June (5K). Pick ’em up, put ’em down:):):).

  2. Horray! Thats awesome! Brad could help you train because of his new job as he head cross country coach. 😉 Better then I am doing in my 2 1/2 mile walk a day, but NO running yet!

  3. That is the same amount of time that I ran mine years ago, 30:29. Only I was carrying an extra 100 pounds more than you were. Congrats. Seriously, I did run a 5k when I was about 18, ran the whole way…no walking. Seriously…I did….ok, don’t believe me, but I did it.

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