I Set a New 5k Personal Best!

A few weeks ago my dad gave a 5k race flyer to me and asked me to register – the race, called the Toronto Challenge, was raising money for non-profit organizations that improve the quality of life for seniors in our community.  My dad is very passionate about this as he’s involved in a program that provides seniors with door-to-door rides to medical, therapy and social appointments with an organization called Mid-Toronto Community Services.  It was an honour to help my dad, so I registered for the race.

Today was the race – with everything going on at home lately (NKOTB concert, solo parenting, Sierra’s birthday and Hubby coming home from LA), I almost forgot about the race, but remembered last night – ooops!  Sierra had gymnastics class, so hubby took her there, while I brought Amber and Brooke to the race.

We arrived there with only a few minutes to spare… Basically long enough for my dad to introduce me to a few people he knew, and to snap this pic:

Amber, Dad, Myself and Brooke

Then it was time to find the start line… It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a fun run – my bib had a timing chip on it, but I couldn’t find any start mats – that’s because it was DRAWN on the ground with CHALK!  The gun went off just as I reached the start.

Away I went!  My Nike+ was telling me I was running a 4:30/km pace, but I refused to believe it after it lied to me two weeks ago about my pace.  It was cloudy so I thought that was interfering with the GPS. I ran hard, could feel my heart POUNDING and my hammy’s screaming at me, but I kept on pushing.  I finally found a distance marker that said 3k – my GPS said I was at the 3.5k and running 4:45/km – a pace I’ve NEVER ran before so I continued to push on – at this point I realised I could set a new 5k PR, so  I ran and ran – lungs hanging out feeling like I was gonna die. I wanted to do my dad proud and run as hard as I could.

I then saw the finish line, my mom and dad with Brooke and Amber waving to me.  At this point I had a hard time pushing as hard as I had been, but saw the official race clock 24:57… If I kept pushing all the way I really could set a new PR! So that’s what I did – I pushed and crossed the finish line in….

25:12.. A new PR!!

After the race I hung out with my family to find out the official race results.  I knew that I could be close to finishing in the top 10, and in some races a 25 min 5k is good enough for a top 3 finish (I left a race early once only to find out a year later that I had left before gathering my prize).  I stretched and my mom captured this pic:

I LOVE this pic!

I learned something today… I learned that the BodyPump classes I’m taking are really helping me to develop the STRENGTH I need to be a FAST runner – something I’ve never really considered myself to be. I’m curious now to find out how fast I can run if I trained instead of just running – I’m seriously considering putting some more effort into my training for the ScotiaBank 1/2 marathon I’ve registered for that’s in October.

Have you ever accomplished something that you never thought was possible that completely surprised you?  What was it?

3 thoughts on “I Set a New 5k Personal Best!

  1. KUDOS! Congratulations on such a fun run for a great cause; and I love that shirt!

    My accomplishment I NEVER thought would happen has to be running a marathon. Incredible!

    Winks & Smiles,

  2. Yay! Good for you!!!

    Just tried to leave a comment on your half-marathon training program, and it wouldn’t click through to the comment section for some reason. Could me my end…my computer has been acting weird the last few days.

    Anyways, congrats on the half marathon a few months ago! I’ve almost completely stopped running since I did my first half marathon in May – the Toronto Women’s Half-Marathon in the Don Valley. I’ve done two 4k’s and one 10 k since. I dunno.. It’s like I need a goal.

    Your post has inspired me to begin again. I’m running tonight when it cools down a bit!

    Oh and btw, I didn’t calibrate my Nike App … kinda thought it would be fine without doing it the ‘official’ way… turns out a under-trained. While running the half marathon, when the road marker said 4km, my app said way further than that!

    Long story short, when my APP said i had run 21 km, I still had FIVE POINT SEVEN more km’s to go!!!! I was pretty tired, but am just happy I finished it.

    Okay, blabbed on enough. So glad to have found your blog. Happy to meet you! =D

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