Saturday some friends and I ran the Jamba Juice Banana Man Chase 5K. This is a super fun race held in Ala Moana park in downtown Honolulu.
I was super excited. This was my FIRST 5K and something I have been wanting to do for years. It was also pretty cool that they were doing a keiki run (kid’s run) as well so the kids could participate. Running has NEVER been something I’ve liked to do, but I would love for my kids to grow up thinking that running in races is a common event.
I was very happy that I had some friends to do it with so I wasn’t all alone. I could see myself bailing out because I was nervous!
First up, the grown folk!
We got a good spot at the head of the pack where I prepared myself to get passed by a million people. My two girlfriends I ran with are WAY faster than me but are such good motivation!
The race went really well, I’ve only run a 5K on a treadmill before and running outside is so different. My only real goal was to run it without stopping which I accomplished. I wasn’t a huge fan of this course, while it was beautiful along the water I hardly paid attention and there were quite a few places where we had to run on a sidewalk all squished together.
I ended up running in 36 something which was right about where I thought I would be… My speedy friends were done in about 30!
Omar ran a couple of heats later, and ended up running the whole thing as well! I was so proud of him!
Best thing? We all got smoothies when we were done and the kids got medals!