My First 5k

by Stephen Vinson on October 11, 2009

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The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure was more awesome than expected. To start the day, I woke up at 5:30am (too early on a Saturday morning). We headed downtown and just got there for the group pic at 8:30. Then, I went and got my timing chip for the race. After that it was time to start. Andrew, another Make-A-Wish Dream Team member, stayed with me until the race started.

Before the race started there was a parade of survivors. These were groups of women that were categorized according to how long they have been survivors of breast cancer. It was awesome seeing everybody applaud these ladies, and it was especially touching seeing the lead lady sob through the parade. I’m sure she has been through a lot.

The starting line was insane because there were so many people. The experience of this race was awesome. It was people watching heaven. I loved seeing all of the kids in the race, and I loved seeing all of the dogs that people were walking/running. Also, I was shocked to find a lot of skinny people walking the race. I thought there was some unwritten rule that if you were skinny and in good health, you have to run at these events. I was wrong.

The course was very easy with no steep hills. The only problems that I ran into during the race were my legs chaffing and my toes hurting. I overcame those minor issues and finished the race in 1 hr 20min, which was a good pace for me. However, I’ve got some training that I absolutely must do before next months 10k. I didn’t train like I was supposed to for this 5k but was able to walk it because it’s a short race. I won’t have that luxury at the 10k. It’s either train and walk the 10k or don’t train and don’t walk the 10k. For me, 6.4 miles is no easy task.

I am proud of myself. If you had told me this time last year that I would be walking a 5k today, I would have laughed. It felt good to get out there and participate. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about wanting to do a 5k. What’s stopping you? Just find a 5k that you can walk in and start walking every day. Please don’t think that the only way to participate in a 5k is to run them. If that were the case, then I wouldn’t have been able to participate in today’s race because there’s no way that I can run anything.

I wanted to take a lot of pics today but there was a very light drizzle throughout the entire race. These events happen rain or shine. Also, I had trouble with the WordPress Flickr plugin pulling in the images from my flickr account. I’ll figure out a way to fix it. I did manage to take a few pics:

Some of the Make-A-Wish Dream Team people ran the course twice. Two of the ladies said hello as they ran by at the finish of my 5k and I asked if they had run the course twice. Of course they said yes. Then I told them “Get out of here” I was doing everything I could to walk the 3.2 miles. :)

Tomorrow I will take a break from walking and working out. Right now I am sore! If I had trained like I was supposed to, I wouldn’t be having the soreness.

Well, now I’m gonna be checking off the “walk a 5k” item on my Goals and Milestone page.

I hope you have a blessed Sunday.

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Sarah October 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Hi again! I’m still catching up on your blog – saw this post and wanted to say congratulations! I think what you’re doing is awesome, and even better that you’re doing walks like Race for the Cure and helping others while you’re at it. I’m a huge supporter of Komen and have walked the 3 Day for the past two years, they are truly amazing events!

To help with teh chaffing on your 10k try Body Glide. You should be able to find it at running/sports stores, but I’m sure someone on someone on the Make-a-Wish team can tell you where to find it if you have trouble.

Stephen Vinson October 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I’ve got a 10k on Nov 7, and I will be wearing different shorts this time. Thank you!! :)

Amanda October 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

WAY TO GO!!! You are a ROCKSTAR!

Melissa October 13, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I am so excited for you! You did great!!

Jamie October 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Great job Stephen, way to finish your 1st 5k strong!

dawn October 12, 2009 at 3:43 am

Congrats on your 5k, I was so excited for you. I can’t wait to hear about your 10k.

Jill October 12, 2009 at 12:03 am

Way to go Stephen! I’m so proud of you. Maybe I’ll see you at a run one day. I would love to get back into it.

Barb October 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Congratulations on your first completed 5k.. you’re AWESOME!! :)

ChristyinSeattle October 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Good for you! Congratulations!

Kimberley October 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Congratulations on your awesome achievement!!! You must be feeling so proud of yourself!

Lori October 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Bravo!!! You should be proud of yourself – look at what you have accomplished!

Patsy October 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Well done you! That’s a HUGE achievement! Having weighed over 400lbs myself for several years of my life, I know how difficult it was to walk a hundred yards! You are doing phenomenally well and I’m so proud you can tick off one of your major goals! Good luck with the 10k!

Bye for now

Patsy :o)

suzanne October 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I am so proud of you for doing that walk!! And getting up that early on a Saturday?? Amazing
Way to go Stephen

Deb October 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Wow, it is so inspiring to me you walked a 5K. I am currently 350 and walking is pretty hard on me. Mostly my back really starts to hurt. I can’t imagine being able to walk 3.2 miles. But your success has me rethinking those negative thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

South Beach Steve October 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Congratulations Stephen! It is awesome to read of your progress over the last year!

Shelli Belly October 11, 2009 at 5:40 am


Way to check off another goal from your list!
Keep up the good work.


chris October 11, 2009 at 5:11 am

Congratulations, you did something wonderful. I weigh 212 and am afraid of a 5k. I am just a big chicken. You are an inspiration.

Shelli Belly October 11, 2009 at 3:47 am

How wonderful! Congrats!
Keep checking off those goals.

jules23 October 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm

@whoatemyblog awesome! So happy for you! :-)

TrentMcCool October 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm

@whoatemyblog great job brotha!! I’m really proud of ya.

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