Last year in October I ran my first race ever. It was the Morton Arboretum Fall Color 5K. I will be running this same race this Sunday to commemorate my one year race-iversary.
In many ways I know that I have come a long way since then and I hope to solidify my accomplishments by running this race again.
For one thing I had no clue about proper running attire. I dressed in long yoga pants that flapped at my ankles while I ran. I also had on two cotton, yes cotton my friends, one short sleeve and one long sleeve shirt under a hooded fleece jacket. I had to fumble around trying to tie this fleece jacket around my waist about a half a mile into the race. Oh, and my shoes people they were “athletic” shoes from Kohls which I now know offered no support.
I was also clueless about the existance of helpful running gadgets. For example, I held my iPhone while I ran and I let the long headphone cord flop all over the place while I ran. I also had a horrible pair of ear buds that would slowly make their way out of my ears and I constantly had to push them back in.
Needless to say since then I have spent a lot of time online researching and spending an unknown amount of money getting myself all pimped out for running. This year I plan to not only beat my time, but to look a little more experienced while doing it. Hell, I had to Google “how to pin on a race bib” the day before the race. I was THAT clueless.
I believe my time last year was 32:02. Since then I have ran several 5Ks and my current PR is 26:11. I plan to run my fastest 5K ever Sunday, but I also plan to enjoy this moment in my running journey and reminisce about all the joy and pain that got me here.
Do you celebrate your race-iversaries?