Hooked by My First 5k

Hooked by My First 5k Pre-race

Pre-race, first 5k for us both! I wore Stonewear Volt Capris & my daughter wore tween Dragonwing GirlGear capris.


My ten year old daughter, a 4th grader, has been participating in a great after school running program called Girls On The Run (GOTR) this Spring.  As a running newbie, her goal was the final event to be held in early May:  The Girls On The Run 5k.

Although I only dabble in running myself, I was hoping this would be something I could both share with her, and support her in.  So I, too, registered for what would be my very first 5k.

I’ve been exercising, but I haven’t been running lately.  Poor K had twisted her ankle earlier in the week, on our new trampoline.  So with that wrapped and hurting when the big day arrived last Saturday, we weren’t sure how this whole “first 5k” thing was going to go down for us.  Was this going to do us both in?

Alas, we were for a high-energy, motivating, fun experience quite unlike anything else we’ve ever done before!

My daughter's GOTR Team wore wings!

My daughter’s GOTR Team wore wings!  Given to fly.

How did I not know this?  

How did I not know how incredibly exciting and fun a 5k race can be??

Here are the fantastic things that got us both totally hooked by our first 5k race, and why I strongly encourage any and all to try one:

Showing Your Flair

I loved seeing how everyone expressed their fun-loving personalities via their unique bits of “flair” added to their running getup.  From mismatched crazy compression socks, to tutus, to rainbow hair bows, to satin capes, to fairy wings, to face paint, to motivational signs pinned to their shirts… everyone seemed to have a voice to share.

I’m gonna add a lot more flair to myself, next time I run a 5k.  🙂

Most inspirational flair of the day.

Most inspirational flair of the day.

Range of Ages

We had grandparents, parents pushing jogging strollers, toddlers (usually with backup strollers rolling next to them), and grade schoolers.  There was no feeling of competition, and it was inspiring to see everyone out there trying to enjoy themselves and be active.  We were all pulling for each other.

Crazy High, Positive Energy

Words can’t really describe a huge city park filled with 2,500 GOTR 5k participants, family, and friends.  It felt like there was a buzz in the air… everyone excited to get started, the grade schoolers getting to visit booths with fun freebies like sunglasses and buttons, and people lining up their lawn chairs along the finish line.

If you do a 5k, make sure you go plenty early beforehand to revel in this atmosphere.

Hooked by My First 5k High Energy Crowds

We Felt Famous

Well, I just got a kick out of the volunteer cheering squat posted throughout the course, and the neighbors sitting in lawn chairs spectating along the residential stretches of the course.  But my daughter was awestruck by all this attention, clapping, and shouts of praise and encouragement.  She says to me, “I love this!  I feel famous!”  🙂

It really was an appreciated boost.

Water and misting station.

Water and misting station.

Much Funner Route Than An Ugly Treadmill

Although tired, you coulda fooled me that we had run over 3 miles.  There is so much to distract, inspire, and motivate you along the way… it’s waaaaay more fun than running solo, or running on a treadmill.  Not knowing the route (and hoping for a water station soon) felt like an adventure, and definitely made the time and distance pass quickly.

Hooked by My First 5k Course

The “Big Deal” Made at the Finish Line

Although my daughter was limping at that point (to put this in perspective… she was jumping on the trampoline later that day), we gave it our all and poured on the coals for the last stretch.  An inflatable arch awaited us, as the finish line, with a timer above for you to note your own race time.

My lovely winged daughter, about to cross the finish line of her first 5k.

My lovely winged daughter, about to cross the finish line of her first 5k.

Next, someone hands you a bottled water (which you’re dying for).

Then, someone places a medal over your head.  Not sure why I didn’t see that coming… but all the adrenaline kicked in at this point, and I almost felt like crying.  It was so stinkin’ fun.

Hooked by My First 5k With GOTR Medals

Last, but not least, we were routed through the snack tents… to grab yummy breads, granola bars, orange slices, and chocolate milk.

Boooo-yaaaahhh!  Now THAT’s a party!

The Sense of Accomplishment

To distance runners, I’m sure a 5k is no big deal.  Although only 3.1 miles, we still did a combination of run-walk-run.  Hey, if that’s what you gotta do… that’s what you gotta do.  It’s still much better than sitting at home on your couch!  You’re being awesome!  We felt a very lovely sense of accomplishment after completing our first 5k.

Hooked by My First 5k Post Race Treats

Of course, the ultimate dream for me would be to try a runDisney race.  Cost and time have prevented me from doing so in the past.  But now with my new [fellow-Disney-obsessed] run buddy… we may have a new “dream girls trip” to plan and save for some day!

But in the meantime, we are DEFINITELY going to participate in any local 5k’s in our area.

Totally hooked!

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Watch my blog for a giveaway soon… of a pair of those awesome Dragonwing GirlGear chill weight capri leggings, for the young active girl in your life!

Have you ever tried a 5k (or other race)?  What did you enjoy about it?

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About COMtnMom

Hi, I'm Tami! Writer, Influencer, and mom of two who loves travel, the outdoors, staying active, photography, reading books, and eating desserts. We are pretty much always planning our next trip to Disney World.


  1. “Have you ever tried a 5k (or other race)? What did you enjoy about it?”

    Great question! When I did my first 5K, I was about 30 pounds overweight, had poorly managed asthma and a horrible diet…so the training was nothing short of a struggle.
    After every jog I had to take 2 Advil and hop in a hot bath for 30 minutesjust to manage the shin splint pain. Eventually, after dropping to a 1500 calorie/day and getting on good medication for asthma flare ups, the weight came off, I could breathe better and I was able to complete my first 5K with decent results 🙂 It’s important to keep the weight off especially for higher impact activity. Congrats on your first 5K and another high five for being a software geek 🙂

    • COMtnMom says:

      Wow, that is great advice and very inspirational! I appreciate you sharing your story. And awesome job on being a 5ker and computer geek. 🙂 My daughter and I have a lot of room for improvement on our time, so we’ll work on that before our next one. It was just a fun thing, to discover we enjoyed an event like that so much. Enjoyable thing to plan for and work towards.

      Thanks for stopping by, Ken!

  2. You got to experience the runner’s high! Nothing like running outdoors. I love that your daughter is being so active at her age and that you got to do it with her. Those are great memories to have. Love the wings as well, should buy myself some for the next race. =)

    • COMtnMom says:

      I loved the wings, too! There were quite a few tutus about… but the wings were unique.

      It’s hard to get/keep kids active, when gone are the days of just running loose until dark each day. That Girls on the Run program is awesome, I’m hoping she sticks with it. 🙂


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