So I just got back from my very first "race!" This morning I ran my very first 5k around lake Pancharevo.
I've been "jogging' in our local park for about 6 weeks but didn't feel I was ready for a real "race" yet. Thanks to some encouragement from a friend we signed up (she ran 1/2 marathon) and some other friends ran the 1/2 marathon as well or the 10k. The only people I knew running the 5k was a family with a 9 year old and 8 year old. The 9 year old little boy ran "with" me (read: ran ahead of me and ultimately beat me ;)) I was just happy that I made it to the end with no walking and, what I think, is a respectable time (32 minutes.)
The weather is beautiful today so it was a perfect day to run. In true Bulgarian fashion, the race was a bit disorganized, started 1/2 hour late, there wasn't a ton of direction (i.e. all of a sudden they started the countdown and the race had started...) So, in my opinion, this was the PERFECT first "race" for me. Now, I'm ready for more!!
I'll be back later this week with my Italy posts. I finally uploaded all the photos, just need to organize.
Some self photos: