My First Age Group Hardware!

My First Non “Finisher” Medal!

Over the course of the past 2 weeks I’ve been through all five stages of grief:

  1. Denial - No way I just ran the worst marathon of my life.
  2. Anger - F#$K you, marathon!
  3. Depression - I’m never running again…
  4. Bargaining - First born for a Boston Qualifier?
  5. Acceptance - Yup, I hosed that one!

Obviously those are exaggerated, but I was initially upset then finally got around to accepting my “failure”.

So moving forward, the plan was to race shorter distances and faster paces.  This morning I took my first step towards that goal.  I ran in my first “official” 5K!

I went into this morning’s race with no expectations.  I just wanted to get my feet wet in the 5K scene and have some fun.  I ran a good race and it was shocking to me how different these are from marathons.  It really is a completely different mindset.  No chafing, no fluids, no gels, no wall!  Toally awesome!  I had a great time!

And here’s the kicker… I placed 2nd in my age group!   Check out the hardware:-)

Having focused on the marathon distance for so long, these shorter distances are really a lot of fun.  Placing in my age group… well that was an unexpected and awesome surprise!

I’m off to polish my pedal…  ;-)

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2 Responses to My First Age Group Hardware!

  1. beth says:

    Can I just say that I am sooo shocked! I had no idea that you had never run a 5K before!! It’s a good thing that you did though….second place in your age group is awesome!!!
    Had I known that you had not run in a 5K before I would have told you that they can be a lot of fun and you don’t have to completely beat up your body to be ready for one.

    • jsoldo says:

      I’ve run the distance before (obviously) and done our town’s 4 milers, but yeah this was my first “official” 5k. I had a blast and think Im hooked! Now I need to work on getting 1st place and maybe sub 20 minutes :-)

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