Let’s start by saying that running this event was really fun. The event was in the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico in Santurce. There were 333 people walking and running the 3.1 miles. I had never had an experience like this one before. When the race was about to start, I looked around and all I could see was people smiling and laughing. There was a lot of people around me. It had rained that day and there was a long puddle by the start line that everyone was trying to avoid. When the gun went off, I ran through the puddle and that’s how I started my very first 5k… with my feet wet.
It was so much fun! The first mile was pretty good. I was struggling to adjust my pace. By the second mile, I was getting better at it but I had to stop to walk for about a minute or 2, I think. I had not trained for hills and that was very obvious at that point. I kept running and when I had about half a mile left, I was pretty much done. I was asking everyone around me how much we had left. It was pretty intense. I knew I was going to finish it. But I wanted to finish in under 30 minutes and I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to be possible. However, at the end, that really didn’t matter. When I crossed that finish line, that moment of satisfaction, THAT was my real prize. I did it! I ran 3.1 miles and I didn’t die.