Welcome to the World of Running.. First Ever 5k

Starting about a month and a half to two months ago, I begun running. Or I guess you could say jogging. What prompted this sudden urge for my feet to hit the pavement..? Well, I came across this 5k run put on by the North Dakota Cattlewomen’s Association. And saw that a number of my social media friends were going to Beef it up and run… So I decided that 3.1 miles was attainable goal and signed up. When I first told my farmer, he laughed. And I will admit, I thought I was crazy for a while as well. But I kept faith in myself and set my personal goal to run the entire thing. No walking. 

Let me be honest with you, I am no runner. I will admit the first time I started out, I could barely run for 5 minutes without having to walk. And I would have to be making it 3.1 miles!? I had a lot of work to go. So I started running. And I ran, three or four times a week. And eventually about 2-3 weeks before the race, I ran my first ever 5k distance. Then I ran it again a few more times. And although my pace was nothing to brag over, I was still so proud that I knew I could at least do it. The week of the race came and I had planned out a schedule that week to prepare. Well, Monday went fantastic… Then last week it snowed.. And it was in the low 20s… The next day we had 30 mph wind. The weather was being relentless. But despite the fact I hadn’t run for a few days… My running partner and I headed out to Mandan, North Dakota.

We had to make a pit stop at Scheels to prepare ourselves for the weather.. Saturday morning around 8 AM was looking to be about 25 degrees. Layer after layer, some gloves and headbands.. We were looking fierce and ready to run. Beefin it up had an amazing turnout with I think near 200 people in attendance. That’s like 1/4 of the population of the town I live in! Apparently the ND beef people have amazing support for each other. I’d never ran a race in my life before, ever. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The race brought out people of all ages. Kids to even elderly were baring the colder temps to run in support of beef.

Having not run for 5 days as well as some unexpected inclines nearly killed me. But thanks for my running partner’s motivation as well as my goal in mind… WE did it. First ever 5k. Ran the entire thing.

Here we are in our post run glory. Having my first race under my belt, I’ve learned a few things.. Number one, I get hot when I run. Being it was going to be 30 degrees out, we layered up. I got about a mile into the race and started stripping clothes, gloves, headband. And finished the race with simply an under armour long sleeve shirt and pants with my beef shirt over it. Number two, I need to find some hills to add into my runs every once in a while. Being that North Dakota is mainly more on the flat side, I wasn’t expecting hills. And let me tell you, my legs are still feeling those hills! Number three… If that elderly bow legged man who passed me up while I was running could finish that damn race, I could too! Watching some of the people out there running was seriously inspiring.

Another possible reason why this race nearly kicked my butt was due to the fact that I ran my best ever time. 33 minutes 58 seconds which equals out to a pace of about 10:56 per mile. Nearly TWO minutes less than any of my training times… That’s quite a bit! Guess the adrenaline was going! Not only did I finish my first ever 5k and meet my goal, I also got to visit with some social media friends of mine.

The BEEFMAN Daren Williams flew out from Colorado to support Team Beef and break his personal 10k record! We had the opportunity to briefly meet during the tweet up in Kansas City prior to the AgChat conference. He’d been giving his social media circle (including myself) support via Facebook and Twitter and for that, I thank him! I FINALLY got the chance to meet the lovely Sarah Bedgar Wilson of J.S. Wilson Farm who hails from my new home of North Dakota! She also is originally not from here, but ended up with a farmer from North Dakota too! What is it about these North Dakota men…? Anyway, this is why I love social media. I can attend an event that is 120 miles away from where I live. And get to see two people I would have never known otherwise without the internet.

Needless to say, I was beyond proud of myself. I had never been a runner, let alone run over a mile in my life. But I ran my first ever 5k and set a personal record for myself that will be hard to beat. And it was in support of one of my favorite things, BEEF! I don’t think it gets much better than that! Thank you to all of you who gave me encouragement and support via social media. Thank you SO much to Amy (my running buddy) who gave me motivation throughout the race and joined me in a fantastic day and a half trip to this race, and thank you to my farmer. I know he thought I was crazy and laughed when I first told him, but after a while, he became my biggest supporter. Constantly encouraging me or reminding me to wake up and go out running.

Once I got home, of course, I had to celebrate. So although my farmer was out harvesting sunflowers… I poured myself a drink. And celebrated my big day. And in celebration of accomplishing goals and continuing my running, I signed up for another 5k in November on Thanksgiving Day in my hometown in California. So stay tuned for the further adventures of running in the world of Jenny.





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13 responses to “Welcome to the World of Running.. First Ever 5k

  1. That’s awesome – congrats! I guess you could say I am a runner (well, jogger) too – I started just a few years ago, and while I am a very slow runner, this doesn’t bother me – I just run for me. It makes me feel strong and healthy and I like setting goals (like 5Ks!). I can remember how amazing it felt to finish my first 5K so way to rock it! 🙂

  2. I ran my first 5k in September of last year. Then I did two more. Then I did a 10k this spring. This fall I did a half marathon. Next year, well…heh. It’s addicting. Welcome to the insanity! 🙂

  3. I am so proud of you and Sarah and others who seized this opportunity to do something good for yourself and help promote beef at the same time. I’m sorry I had to run off to the airport and coudln’t hang around to chat longer. BTW, I’ll be honest that I had trouble recognizing my social media friends in their running gear (it took me a minute to realize I was talking to you!). Maybe next year we need to emblazon our Twitter handles on our running gear 🙂

    Daren (aka Beefman)

    • Daren- I know what you mean! It’s so hard for me to recognize people sometimes! At least you have that advantage of tall, I rarely stand out from a crowd 😉 I love the idea of twitter handles on our running gear!! And thank you so much for the support! Already can’t wait until next year!

  4. Congrats on the finish! Too bad we didn’t get to meet up in person after the race. Like you said it was hard to recognize people in their running gear. The good thing about small town ND is I’m sure we will cross paths again!

    • Teresa- YES! We absolutely will! I am going to need the support of the all the ND females I can get to make it through harvest, winter, and well other challenges we all face loving men in agriculture!

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