I finished my first 5k. I jogged the WHOLE thing, start to finish. I went at such a leisurely pace that I had plenty to kick it up a few notches to cross the finish line. So leisurely, that I had people walking who had better times than me. My time was 42:04 which averaged to a 13:34m Mile. This is about 1-1/2 minutes/mile slower than my practice times- which wipe me out.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased. I was able to do the whole thing without walking (which was my goal) and I was able to do it in under 45 minutes (which was less of a goal than an estimate of how long it would take.). About mile 2 my knee, which has never bothered me before, started to hurt. I’m used to having muscle pain but not joint pain. I’d rather have DOMS than joint pain. Anyway, after a bit of time under the heating pad, they are feeling a bit better and will probably be fine in a day or two– I’m young :).