This was my first 5K so everything was a little more stressful than what I was expecting! I'm glad I had my running buddy there to experience it with me and I wouldn't have made it there without her (literally)! We live WI which is about an hour and a half away from Minneapolis, and of course the night before the sky opened up and the Snow Gods blessed us with about 6 inches of the fluffy white stuff! I went to bed about 10:30pm after posting my nervousness on here hoping that the snow would let up enough. I woke up a few times throughout the night, but of course it was not slowing down!
I was up
We got to the park at about 9am and it was CRAZY!! There really weren't any signs directing us around the couple of lakes for parking purposes and on top of that we had to find parking in the residential area which was CRAZY busy as well! It took Rebecca about 20 minutes to find a parking spot! I met my mom, sister, and brother-in-law at the start/finish line and chatted while we
Rebecca and I started lining up and we waited for the 10 min/mile pacers passed us until we fell into the starting shuffle. My dad caught up with us just as we were passing the clock and snapped a few photos of us! The start was a little INTENSE especially since we had no idea what to expect because it was really packed and people were trying to find their pace while passing all the slower people. To make matters worse, dogs and strollers were allowed so you would have a stroller come barreling by you without notice!!
I was expecting the course to be plowed, but after having so many people running on packed snow, the course turned into that weird kicked-up-slushy-kind of snow. It was hard to run on considering Rebecca and I had never run on that kind of surface since we didn't have any snow when we were training. We set a good pace (slow) and just took in the sites. We walked when we got tired, complained when we were cold, and complained some more! Well to say the least, "We were successful!" When we crossed the finish line the clock read 54 minutes and some odd seconds, but I knew that was way off according to my stopwatch which read 51:43 and some odd seconds! Way way slower than we were both expecting but the course was hard to run on! I know excuses excuses, but at least we set the bar for a really high time so the next 5K we do, we'll be able to get an even better time!
The swag at the finish line was AMAZING!! They had Muscle Milk, Wheaties Energy Bars, Clif and Lara Bars, Salted Nut Rolls, a twin pack of single serving Minute Rice, Bagel Bites, cookies, bananas, apples, lip balm, lotion, water! My parents were amazed at how much there was since my dad does marathons and he said that sometimes he doesn't even get that much at the end!!!
All in all, it was a GREAT first 5K!!! I'm on to finding more for 2011!!!