I ran the 5k today!! I walked the first 4 minutes to warm up and then ran the rest, speeding up closer to the end for an average pace of 12:47, finishing in 39 minutes and 43 seconds. I feel great about it and I have a t-shirt and a number from the event and the joy of knowing that I ran for 35 minutes.
It was raining lightly and it was cold. It was a little awkward at first. I run alone and today there were hundreds of people with different levels of experience and fitness. I didn't know where to be at first or what to do, but once the race started it sort of just happened. Once i started running it was about what song was playing, what pace was i going, and did i think i could pass that lady up ahead. I just wanted to finish, and to do my best, so i ran at a good pace for me and pushed at times during the second half. the rain got lighter still as i ran and between my long sleeves and the exercise, the cold wasn't a problem.
I'm thankful for this program and for the support of the people on this site and Laura over the past few weeks. I celebrated by getting the Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running. I'm giving myself 2 rest days and I plan to finish the program. I'm working out what's next, and it's interesting to be taking this running thing into my own hands.