Friday, September 17, 2010
On Sunday I completed my first 5k run. I started training for a race nearly 8 months ago & discovered that running is HARD! Especially when you are well over 200lbs and soooooo outta shape.
Every time a race was coming up, I would convince myself that this one was it, the one I would finally get out there and run. And every time I chickened out!
I trained for this particular race 2 months out and I was doing great, for about a month. Then reality and my wedding fast approaching derailed me. I stopped training the last few weeks prior to the race. I still got my exercise in and I was running once a week.
The day of the race I woke up and decided what the heck, I think I can run this, so I am going to run it. I know a few things about me and running. None of which I incorporated into that day. I didn¡¦t warm up at all, didn¡¦t wear a running bra, didn¡¦t have tissue for my constantly runny nose. I just checked in, got my free goodies, strapped on my 1st ever timing chip and when it was time lined up at the start.
Gun goes off and I start running. What a JOKE! I quickly realize that I am not going to like this one bit. Determined, I make a deal with myself: go to the one mile marker and you can walk. I get to the mile and they tell me 15 minutes. Really? I am in this much aching shin pain and I got 15 minutes? I decide I can push it a bit further, ONLY because at this point on the course it is down hill. At the bottom of the hill I give into the shin splints and walk around the turn and back up the hill. I keep about the same pace walking as I did running. At the top of the hill there is .8 miles left to go to the finish. I start running again. Now I am all warmed up and I feel GREAT. I feel fast and I feel like I can run for another 2 miles no problem.
As I cross the finish line I was proud of me. Yes, I could and should have done better, but I didn¡¦t quit and I now have a base from which to improve on. My finishing time was 50 minutes, and I placed 49 in my age division¡K..there were only 50 of us º
Either way I¡¦ve experienced a 5k run, and have learned I can do anything I set my mind to. I also acknowledge I have A LOT of room left for improvement. 11 months ago I could not walk a mile under 40 minutes and that mile would send me home for a hot soak and Tylenol. My back would ache with every step and I wanted to cry in embarrassment over how out of shape I was.
Lastly, I want to thank my beautiful, brave 10 year old daughter. She ran her 1st 1k that morning. Then she ran alongside me during the, 5k chatting me up the whole time. She kept telling me over and over again how proud she was of me. Near the end she wanted to stop and told me to ¡§keep running mommy I will meet you at the finish¡¨. I love her to pieces and can¡¦t wait to show her in November just how much better mom will be.
Here¡¦s to November 25th the Turkey Trot. I will run the whole thing and I have a goal of completing it under 40 minutes. Now excuse me. I have a training run scheduled and I am not missing it for any reason.