I did it. I ran the 5k. All the way. Ran it. It was great.
I must have had some major endorphins going, because I barely had any pain while running. It was exhilarating to run with so many women. There were women running and walking, but of course, they put the walkers in a different group at the back.
I was just looking at the stats trying to see how I placed. It's a little confusing how they did it. They ranked people according to whether or not they had joined a running clinic. I did not join a clinic, so I was considered an "open runner". Here are the stats:
I was 12th in my division of open runners--there were 29 total in my group (30-35 yrs).
I was 59/156 for the open running group.
If both groups in my division were combined, I would have ranked 44/147 or top 30% in my division.
If I had been a clinic runner, I would have been at 135/723.
I would have ranked 193/879 if they had put both running groups together.
So, for the running groups, I was in the top 22% of runners.
Overall, I would have ranked 193/1447 because the fastest walker was slower than my run. I could be goofing this math up...but I hope not! (since writing this, I have corrected it twice). :)
That means that overall, I was in the top 13% of the race!
My time was 30:06 for 3.1 miles (5 kilometers), and my pace was 9:43 min/mile.
I am very proud of myself.