If I Can Do a 5K, So Can You

5SHARES

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/4/2011 6:00 AM   :  110 comments   :  12,878 Views

I’m not a 5K kind of girl.  In fact, I use a walker and a wheelchair.  I’m in severe pain most days and not what you would call "sporty."  I do, however like a good challenge.  When I was walking to strengthen my legs, my friend Mccourtt challenged me to walk a 5K.  Well, it was on!  So I set out to walk one.
 
Cindholm talked to me about pedometers on our first mall walk.  I bought a good one with what I thought was a sturdy bull clip by Omron.  It works very well but does have a tendency to fall off, so I recommend buying the safety strap with clip for it.
 
I knew I needed help, so my nephew Josh and I would take walks over the summer for training, walker in tow.  He is quite the taskmaster!  I would do anything for him, so when he says he wants to go, I go!  That’s good inspiration.  I would count steps at first--miles were far away.  We rested frequently, as my walker has a seat and I drank a lot of water.
 
Vettechinhippie helped me train three times a week, walking with my walker through shops and malls.  We did errands, walked all of the aisles of some stores, and took rest breaks frequently.  Eventually my pace got quicker and my legs stronger. Vettechinhippie is a very sweet friend who worked out with me through thick and thin, whether I had a painful day or she had many errands.  We adjusted.
 
BB_4_ME helped me train in the water and on recumbent machines at the gym to strengthen my muscles.  She is a great source of positive energy.  She is full of ideas and has been through chronic pain herself, so she is familiar with modifying exercise to fit individual needs.
 
Kind_heart101, my husband, then set up my iPod to do very accurate step, distance, and calorie counting for me.  After seeing how much pain I was being caused by my training, and how tired he got trying to train with me ONE day, he declared I couldn’t do a 5K.  I declared if I did, I got a Tiffany bracelet! 

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It took over a year of working up to it and sitting for breaks, but I finally reached my magic number while walking the mall with Cindholm.  I honestly didn’t think I would make it, but Cindy was very encouraging.  She has inspired me for a long time with her walks for charities and penchant for daily LONG walks.  10,000 steps a day is nothing to her.  It was an honor to have my walking hero at my side at the very moment of my victory.
 
When the pedometer clicked over, I felt so proud, like jumping and yelling to everyone.  I can’t describe the jubilation in my heart or the severe pain of my body by that point.  The jubilation won out though.  I felt like anything is possible and I wanted to tell you all that.  Part of the reason I wanted to do a 5K is to show you that YOU can do anything you set your mind to do.  If a woman with herniated, degenerated disks, pinched nerves, bad knees, fibromyalgia, and arthritis can walk a 5K with a walker, YOU can take courage that you are capable of aiming for better every day.
 
The first thing I did was call my husband to tell him I walked a 5K with the walker.  Then I called Mccourtt (my inspiration) and Vettechinhippie (my trainer).  My best friend from college, Hoosiergirlindy was so very proud of me, as was my other best friend from high school, Lioness822.
 
With all of these SparkPeople on my side, I beat the odds.  The sense of community is beautiful here.  Join your regional teams and look for people to support your efforts to explore new challenges--you can do it! 

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Comments

  • 110
    I new that was a Tiffany sterling silver charm bracelet go girl! - 1/19/2014   7:38:40 PM
  • 109
    Your story is so inspiring. I will remember your words when it is tough to keep going. Your bracelet is beautiful and so are you. - 4/19/2013   8:29:28 PM
  • 108
    Thank for sharing your story and inspiring others including me to let go of their excuses and push forward towards their goals...step-by-step.

    You have shown all of us that we can challenge ourselves to achieve what may seem impossible to others and that although it might not be easy; we can in fact realize our goals through on-going hard work, by persevering, with the help and support of friends that believe in us.

    And, yes--I love your Tiffany bracelet! Awesome job! What a great reminder for you each day that you can achieve your goals--congratulations! - 1/1/2013   11:39:14 AM
  • 107
    Hi Girl,

    I only saw this blog today! I am so proud of you! You rock! And you are looking gorgeous! Actually on days where I can't run due to joint pain, or when I was trying to mentally get used to doing run-walk-run instead of run-run-run I think of you and get motivated!

    Hugs
    Steph - 1/3/2012   1:05:15 PM
  • 106
    Congratulations! And I love to read your blogs - they are so inspiring. :) - 12/29/2011   3:04:08 PM
  • 105
    How awesome are you!!!!! :-) - 11/19/2011   2:12:21 PM
  • 104
    You are amazing...you will wear that bracelet and have a reminder of your great efforts every time you wear it...so sweet :) - 11/11/2011   5:04:06 PM
  • 103
    Love your bracelet. I bet it makes you proud all over again every time you look at it. You go, girl!
    Linda - 11/11/2011   4:37:38 PM
  • 102
    This actually left me in tears. I am so happy for you! You are an inspiration to many. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. May God bless you. - 11/9/2011   1:51:00 PM
  • MANILUS
    101
    Congratulation on exceeding your goal! You definitely leave no room for excuses and that is priceless. I struggled through 11 months of Zumba with pain but so worth it because I am able to do Salsa and other Social Dances. Keep shooting for the moon! - 11/8/2011   10:33:53 PM
  • 100
    congrats!!!!!! you are an inspiration. - 11/8/2011   2:17:44 PM
  • HUP2345
    99
    Just when I was getting down about the chronic pain I have, not to mention the gloomy weather, I came across your story. WOW!!!! You won't even believe how inspiration you have given to me in just one short little story! I thought about a 5K but figured "nawww...", now I now I can do a 5K! In fact, I think I'm going to start training tonite!!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!! - 11/8/2011   11:25:44 AM
  • 98
    Awesome!
    You are an inspiration to many!
    Congrats Beth! - 11/8/2011   9:40:18 AM
  • 97
    You inspire me and others! Keep up all of your hard work! - 11/7/2011   7:05:18 PM
  • BMORRI6
    96
    congrats!!! You are very inspiring!!!! - 11/7/2011   6:54:18 PM
  • 95
    You rock! I am so amazed by your perseverance and motivation, way to go! :') - 11/7/2011   4:08:51 PM
  • 94
    Thank you soooo much for sharing honest details about your journey! I too have dealt with chronic pain at varying degrees in the last 15 years, and am training for my first 5k also. =)

    Because at one time the pain was so debilitating and chronic, and doctors gave me no hope of ever overcoming it, I got into a stage of fearing the pain. By the grace of God, I believe I've been able to surpass all that my doctors told me was possible. I say by the grace of God because I tried avoiding ANYTHING that increased my pain- even for a day- even if it would have been useful for recovery or therapeutic. The first time I tried walking a mile, my hip flexors seized and my poor husband had to go back to get the car and come pick my up. I didn't want to try that again for close to a year! I was so determined to avoid the pain.

    The reason I mention all of this is because your story is so encouraging because you continued on toward your goal regardless of the pain. There is so much hope in your story for folks like us that have dealt with chronic pain.

    So, thanks again for sharing the struggle during your journey and not just the beginning and end results.

    Your are an inspiration! - 11/7/2011   3:00:01 PM
  • 93
    Way to go, Beth! You really deserve that beautiful bracelet! You are a true inspiration to all! - 11/7/2011   2:09:46 PM
  • 92
    Wonderful story . you are an inspiration for me too. - 11/7/2011   10:29:10 AM
  • LADY114
    91
    Way to go!!!! I'm so happy for you that you were able to achieve your goal! Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to all of us!! - 11/7/2011   8:39:25 AM
  • 90
    Congratulations!! You are such an amazing inspiration! : ) - 11/7/2011   12:42:23 AM
  • BDENSMORE1
    89
    WOW! - 11/6/2011   7:18:42 PM
  • TARAE98
    88
    you are an inspiration! - 11/6/2011   3:19:01 PM
  • 87
    Terrific! and Job Well Done! You set a goal, made a plan to achieve it and then did it!
    Nice bracelet. Keep up the great work! - 11/6/2011   3:05:37 PM
  • 86
    AWESOME...I know absolutely that you are Enjoying The Journey!!! Nice bracelet too! :-)) - 11/6/2011   1:06:27 PM
  • 85
    WOW! What a story of persistence and dedication. Enjoy your bracelet!!! - 11/6/2011   12:00:56 PM
  • DESPRITNAN
    84
    What a wonderful, inspirational journey. Thank you so much for sharing - and congratulations on your beautiful bracelet. - 11/6/2011   11:44:15 AM
  • 83
    I am soo proud of you!!!!! Pushing through pain is no easy thing!!! You have accomplished a great thing and I am so glad you have a wonderful support group! Much love - 11/6/2011   11:29:08 AM
  • 82
    Nice Job Mrs 5K.............Good 4 U............ My goal is to walk or run a 1/2 marathon with me, Jesus and my arthritis. - 11/6/2011   11:26:22 AM
  • THE-MORE-GIRL
    81
    You are so fabulous!!! - 11/6/2011   1:41:32 AM
  • ROSEMARDORF
    80
    I look forward to your blogs!! Awesome !! Congratulations on your 5k!!! Hugs!
    You are an inspiration to me! Love your bracelet!! Well deserved!!! - 11/6/2011   12:41:37 AM
  • 79
    You are amazing! Congratulations on defying the odds!

    Thanks for sharing - Now there's no room left for whiners!!! - 11/6/2011   12:39:03 AM
  • CSTOCKWELL1
    78
    WTG! and love the bracelet too! You deserve the beauty! - 11/5/2011   11:30:47 PM
  • 77
    Congratulations! "Running" your first 5K is a big achievement. To think of doing it with a walker is no less than amazing!
    Hold your head high and just be proud of yourself. - 11/5/2011   10:49:33 PM
  • 76
    ROCKIN' bracelet! Way to go! - 11/5/2011   10:21:00 PM
  • 75
    Thank you for your inspirational blog; I commend and applaud you for your stick-to-it-iveness. I did the 5K for Alzheimer's today, something I wanted to do for a long time. My challenge is staying motivated. You are a blessing to us all. - 11/5/2011   10:19:16 PM
  • IMASPARKPERSON
    74
    GREAT work! Congratulations! What an encouragement to everyone! Thank you for doing it! - 11/5/2011   7:41:13 PM
  • 73
    My challenge is...to make sure I do all of my rehab exercises, and walk three times a day, after my knee replacement surgery on November 22nd. - 11/5/2011   7:41:00 PM
  • 72
    Hmm...I guess I have no excuses anymore! If you can do it, and you need a walker to walk, then I suppose a 5K is definetely something I can do! - 11/5/2011   5:57:53 PM
  • 71
    Very awesome, way to go Beth! - 11/5/2011   5:56:14 PM
  • ZUMBAGIRL6
    70
    You are amazing and an inspiration to all of us!!! I love your new bracelet! - 11/5/2011   5:17:30 PM
  • 69
    I absolutely LOVE your new and well deserved Tiffany bracelet!! - 11/5/2011   4:51:50 PM
  • 68
    All I can say is "Wow"! - 11/5/2011   4:10:21 PM
  • 67
    I just did a 5K today for the Road2Hope here in Hamilton ON. It was a struggle since I had fallen yesterday when I was volunteering. However I pushed my may and even ran the last 1.5 K slow and carefully. So way to go BETH - 11/5/2011   1:55:20 PM
  • 66
    Wonderful and inspiring. Congratulations! I also suffer from chronic pain but not as severe as yours and do a lot of supervised modified exercises. When I did pool workouts on my own I used to imagine I was running the Boston Marathon but did not think of actually measuring it! Great strategy! I also have a sister who suffers from terrible chronic pain but gets very little exercise and am trying to get her into "Sparking!". I will forward your blog to her in hopes that you will inspire her as well. Thanks for your story! - 11/5/2011   1:04:46 PM
  • 65
    Congratuations!! It feels great to set those goals, but 10,000 times better when you actually make/break those goals!! Keep up the great work and thanks for the inspiriring story to those of us sitting at our desks on a Saturday morning playing on the computer when we should be out taking advantage of this quiet morning to get some walking in!!! - 11/5/2011   10:56:36 AM
  • 64
    Beth -- a fellow Hoosier -- I sit here with tears in my eyes!! I've been 'watching you' from afar and feel so happy and proud of you!! I have had both knees replaced, left SP for over a year after a car wreck, came back in late August of this year and am DETERMINED that this weight will come off once and for all -- no excuses! Thanks for being such a great inspiration -- keep going girl!!! - 11/5/2011   10:09:15 AM
  • 63
    I am so happy you shared your story.
    I have a daughter that will be 23 in a few weeks. She is the most beautiful person I know but unfortunately she has not been blessed with my genes. She has struggled with health issues and has had some unfortunate injuries due to falls etc. She has joined me running and we are working on 2 miles right now. A combination of run and walking. My goal for her is for her to complete a 5 km combination. We have been at the 2 mile mark for several months so she feels like 5 km is never going to happen.
    I have all the patience in the world and the faith that she will do this. I plan to share your story with her so that she can see with time and perseverance this will happen. Thank you!!! - 11/5/2011   9:46:07 AM
  • 62
    Way to go girl! Keep up the good work!!
    Holly (GeorgiaGirl26) - 11/5/2011   9:32:19 AM
  • 61
    Congratulations on your huge accomplishment! You have an impressive community of supporters too, and you have determination.

    I used to have chronic pain from sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which I was able to get rid of with the help of a capable physiatrist. Do you have one on your medical team? I wish something more could be done to reduce your pain. - 11/5/2011   9:20:23 AM

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