1. Not do die.
2. Not to finish last.
3. Not to walk.
Yes, I know these goals are not examples of S.M.A.R.T. goals because they are written in the negative. So in the spirit of setting a good example here are the "properly" written goals.
2. Come in ahead of the last finisher.
3. Jog the whole thing.
As I look over my two lists of goals, the first one seems more authentic to me. Yes, I live in the positive most of the time but for some reason I'm just drawn to that first list. Anyhow...
Did I meet these goals? Sort of. I missed out on #3. I did do some walking. That means I have a built in goal for next year. And by putting out on the Internet for anyone to read I guess that means I am going to participate in this 5K again. Actually I planned on doing it again as soon as I crossed the finish line. Additionally, I just keep running to stay conditioned rather than try to get myself ready in less than 6 weeks.
So, what did I learn from this experience?
1. Running this with a more experienced runner enabled me to do as well as I did. She coached me through the whole thing.
2. My body gave out before my brain did. That means all the running I did get done before this 5K was a good idea because I kept running even when my brain was bored/tired. My brain never got tired. However, my legs did turn to absolute mush and needed some brief walking breaks to recover.
3. Taking Tylenol immediately after finishing was a really good idea.
4. I would do this again. It was a very fulfilling experience. I may never become the fastest runner in a race but that wasn't my goal when I started. This 5K was for me and to see what I could do.