Tuesday, April 02, 2013
I decided it was time to get back into doing 5ks...so I signed up for the St. Patty's Day 5k in the county I teach in.
I didn't want to do it by my lonesome, so I asked a friend of mine to do it with me. It was a game time decision, but she agreed! She is just getting into improving her health by doing the Body by Vi Challenge and doing some exercising. She told me from the get go that she wouldn't be able to go fast and I think she was pretty nervous, but I told her, "No worries...we're in this together." I hadn't done a 5k for 2 years. In fact, it was exactly two years as the last 5k I did was the St. Patty's Day 5k when I was in my early stages of pregnancy with my little girl. So...we did our thing and as I promised, I stuck with her. It was challenging because I'm a little competitive by nature and I wanted to see how well I could do, but a made a promise to her that I would stick with her. We finished the 5k in 45:35...about 9 minutes slower than my slowest time when I was previously into 5ks. Here's the funny part...WE PLACED & MEDALED!! I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT!! I came in 1st for my age group and she came in second...who knew??
Fast forward two weeks, and I got suckered into a 10K...WHAT??!! My AM workout buddy asked me to do it with her and after looking at the race site, I decided it looked like a good time. The race was called BunnypaloozA. So...I asked my friend who did the St. Patty's Day 5k with me if she was down and she said that she wanted to do the 5k version. My goal for this race was to finish in an hour and a half. It was harder than I thought! I had some arm band malfunctions, knee issues & stones in my shoes, but alas, I finished in 1:15:56...ahead of my goal! Woop! My friend finished her 5k in 40:23...what an improvement!! She said, "I just kept thinking of you saying, "Just a little further!" We both felt an awesome sense of accomplishment and we're ready for what's next!!