My 1st 5K

Oh Boy! I’m going to try not to make this too long.

This was me at 4:30am. I did buy super comfy running tights, but I still wore my Lorax shirt!

This was me at 4:30am. I did buy super comfy running tights, but I still wore my Lorax shirt!

The Run: I ran every single step of the 5k. I did not walk even once, and I finished in 42:02! I felt really good. It was drizzly with patches of outright rain. It was cloudy and windy, but overall comfortable. The whole way, I was amazed by how much if felt just like my training runs but without the hills (and it was easier to breathe because of 2000ft drop in elevation).

The Shopping: We took advantage of being in the city and visited a running store. The woman was appalled by my shoes (I wish I had a picture of her face, but I do have a picture of my shoes).

These are my old shoes. I've been wearing them for 2 years, and they recently split near the pinky toes.

These are my old shoes. I’ve been wearing them for 2 years, and they recently split near the pinky toes.

I had planned to buy new shoes, but still run in my old ones (for fear of new-shoe blisters). The woman at the store said that is normally her advice, but in this case, she recommended that I run in my new shoes. She also suggested that I should just throw away the old shoes – immediately! I chose to keep them for gardening and whatnot, but I did run in the new ones, and they felt great!

These are my new shoes. They are New Balance, which I never would have expected to like, but I LOVE them!

These are my new shoes. They are New Balance, which I never would have expected to like, but I LOVE them!

The Food: Oh, My, Goodness! I love the Ghent area in Norfolk. Saturday night we went to AW Shucks for the first time in 5 years. Their chef is amazing, but they are known for being a fantastic raw oyster bar. Since it’s been so long, we agreed we could not choose between awesome chef and awesome oysters, so I had 9 raw oysters, a 5oz steak, a crab cake, broccoli, a hush puppy, and half an Aventinus beer (I’m a lightweight and felt a whole one was a bad idea the night before a run).

There was no time for a picture between when the oysters were set on the table and when they landed in my stomach.

There was no time for a picture between when the oysters were set on the table and when they landed in my stomach.

For lunch today, we went back to Ghent to Baker’s Crust. It’s a local bakery known for bread baked in a wood fire, brick oven. They also serve a regionally famous kicken’ crab and corn chowder that includes jalapenos and sherry to really add a unique depth and spice to the soup. They have a farm in Suffolk, so most of their veggies come straight from there, making their salads as special and yummy as their breads and soup.

My sandwich was great, my soup astounding, my bloody mary delicious, and my chocolate mousse cheesecake heavenly. It was worth every single calorie.

My sandwich was great, my soup astounding, my bloody mary delicious, and my chocolate mousse cheesecake heavenly. It was worth every single calorie.

The company: Hanging out with my hubby was probably the best part of the whole weekend. We had a 5 hour car ride each way, and it was so nice to spend time just the two of us. We’ve already registered for the 1/2 marathon for next year!!

11 thoughts on “My 1st 5K

  1. Awesome! When I started running I was doing 44 minute 5ks and I’ve done a few now below 30. Keep at it! Who knows how fast you’ll be in a few weeks!!!

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