Monday, June 23, 2014
Yesterday, Sunday 6/22/14, I walked/jogged my first recorded 5k. It was not with a group or a registered race but just me and my running shoes. The point was not to win any records (like beating my fiancÚ who just got under a 20 minute 5k). I knew that I could walk that long easily as I often go on 3-4 mile walks. I did it to get a base. I wanted to know how long it took me to go the 3.1 miles right now.
A base provides me with a number to beat. I very much doubt that I will beat my base the next time I go or even the next few weeks that I go. The idea is to look back at my base a couple of months from now and smile knowing that I can go the same distance in less time (and have more defined calves in the process). :-)
A base is the start of a goal. I usually do not dare set goals because I am afraid that I will not achieve the end result I was looking for. That is why it has taken me so long to put a time down to how long it takes me to go a 5k. But why not. What if I do keep going? What if I become one of those people running down the street who I wish I could be? That could be me. And now that I have a base, something to beat, the chances of that being me are even better.
My fiancÚ does about one registered 5k per month and I am always there to cheer him on. The energy and environment that surrounds the events are intoxicating. I want that high after I just beat my best time. I want my name recorded up on the "Finished" list. Recorded 5ks will come in time but until then, I will continue to attempt to beat my own time and share it here.
I am hoping to do a 5k 3 times per week and record my times here. No scratch that. I WILL DO A 5K THREE TIMES PER WEEK AND RECORD MY TIMES HERE.