Well, WOW, what a feeling! I am still on a high several hours after completing my first 5K. I read all your comments before I set out and was feeling that I couldn't possibly let you all down! It was hot and sunny so I solved the mascara issue by wearing big sunglasses! My family was with me to cheer me on and it was great!
I started out slowly and gradually found my pace and just kept going. The last one-fifth was hard, because I hadn't fun that far before. My legs were ok but my breathing was a bit laboured. So I slowed it down for a short while and that helped. I hadn't known beforehand but there is a not particularly steep but very long hill along the circuit that I had to go up twice, so that was a bit of a "oh dear" moment. But when I saw I was in the "home straight" as it were, I got a second wind and sped up a little.
I did the obligatory hands in the air celebration and it was wonderful! I had no idea how long it would take me but my time was 37.52 and I am thrilled to bits with that!
Thanks for all your support and to all those along the journey, keep going because the feeling you get when you achieve your goal is absolutely amazing.