Guess who has his first 5k race under his belt and a shiny finishers medal to prove it?
On Sunday I paced Chris in his first race ever, the Rock Cf 5k! We woke up super early on Sunday morning so that we had ample time to drive to Grosse Ile, take the shuttle to the race area, pick up our race packets and get ready for the race. All of that went smooth and we even had a little extra time to sit around before the race started.
Once we crossed the start line I let Chris lead the way. Since it was his first race I wanted him to set the tone and just have a good time with it. My goal was to keep us running 10-11 minute miles so he wouldn’t get burned out before the finish line. We did take a few very small walk breaks but overall we ran a majority of the course and at a faster pace than I expected! Chris even had enough energy left in him to sprint to the finish line! I am super proud of him for finishing his first race and I am very impressed with how much progress he has made in such a short time!
Chris’s official time was 31:01 which placed him 19th in his age group out of 33 and 197th overall out of 658 runners. My time was the same as his, giving me 14th place in my age group out of 47 and earning myself an overall placement of 198th. That is definitely something we can both be proud of but most especially for Chris as that is awesome placement for his first ever 5k!
We both got this awesome finishers medal.
I’ll be adding it to my collection and Chris will use it to start his collection!
This was the first race that I have ever really paced anyone. I have done other races with other people but I didn’t necessarily finish those races at the same time as the people I ran with. Overall I think this was a really good experience for Chris and I. It was a different way for us to have fun and bond with each other. I do have to admit that there were a couple of occasions where I felt the urge to race the race but in the end getting to experience him finishing his first race was more rewarding than a number on the clock!