EVENT: UCLA Run/Walk 5k
DATE: Sunday, April 13, 2008
LOCATION: Westwood, CA
RACE BEGAN: 8:30 am
FINISH TIME: 26:36
This was my first 5k. I stayed over in Westwood to take a whack at this distance for the first time.
The race began at 8:30 am with a loud firetruck siren. I sped off with my Facebook friend, from nearly the front of the line and got burned by so many college students. As soon as I took a breath, I realized how hot the air was, being amidst a heat wave in Southern California. And my throat was burning from the sudden illness I had picked up toward the end of the week due to my stress. Not good.
The course was not too interesting... curved around from Wilson Plaza to the Court of Sciences and back. On the way toward the halfway point, I saw my friend and waved. My other friend said hello to me, but he said I was concentrating too hard and didn't notice him.
I walked at every hill... a total of about 4 times, around 1/4-1/3 of a mile. I felt so guilty!!! I did not walk at all in the 10k and in some of my half-marathons, but for this 5k, I thought I was going to pass out a number of times and had to stop. My legs were not spent at all, but everything from the head up felt so bad!! Okay, enough of my guilt.
When I came in, I was surprised that the clock was in the 26-minute range. I ripped off the bottom of my bib for the timing but took so long to get it to the collector (but I think they accounted for it?). There was a lot of food post-race, but I instead sat around with my Facebook friend to chat for a while.
I proceeded to a Teo Chow recess event in which I won a watermelon eating contest. It was actually counted by teams, but I was by far the first one to declare I had finished my allotted portion. I think I do better in eating contests than 5k's, but I may give this distance another whack sometime soon.
I don't know if they took any pictures, but if they did, I will post my dying-ness.