Thursday, November 24, 2011
I signed up to run a 5k. There is have said it. My poor knees tremble at the thought but my inner me is rejoicing. The race is being held in the Bahamas on the weekend of January 14-15 2012.
A couple of weeks ago I reread an article about going from the couch to the running a 5k then a marathon and I was overwhelmed with admiration for the gentleman. I have always looked at persons who did marathon and triathlons as heroes and wondered if I had the depth of character required to do this. Need I say that my excuse was that they were athletes and I was lazy, overweight with bad knees. BUT so was he and he was able to do it. He began by using the Couch to 5K program which I knew from reading it looked doable. So WHAT pray tell was my excuse? Maybe as he pointed out the Way forward was to get up and do it day by day. EASIER SAID than DONE. So I did it one day and then looked at my clock the next day and swore not me again. Haven't we all started but never continued? Maybe I needed motivation. I have walked the race for the cure before and I have completed similar length walks but this time I wanted to run. Even if it took longer to run than to walk I wanted to run.
I put on some calypso music on the ipod, bought the flex-a-min for the knees and every other day I tried to make it to the gym even if I was only able to walk/run for 15 minutes I did it. Well that was in late October and I lasted the total of 3 weeks and two pounds. I guess three weeks was better than three days. Monday however, my husband came home with the registration form for the race and as I filled it out I realised that yes I really wanted to do this and that the following year I wanted to not register for the 5K but for the half marathon. I wasn't going to get there but thinking bout the size of my butt as I laid in the chair watching TV and no one could do it for me. No, if I wanted to do it I had to make the first step, then the second step and so on. I know from previous experience that as hard as making the first step is , it is not the hardest part of the journey for me, no it is step number three, four, five etc that kills me every time. So I made the first and second step again. I registered for the run, I developed my training scheduled and then I went to the gym and ran. I discovered that those three weeks in Oct/Nov had some value as I can now run for up to 15 minutes without stopping to walk. That is up from being able to run only two minutes before I had to stop.
I will run the Susan G. Komen race, for my friends and all those women who I have never met who have faced and survived breast cancer, but I will also run the race for me. Not for surviving cancer but for facing my fears and trying to change my live one step at a time.