Got up and at 'em this morning, cycled down to Otsiningo, changed out of my sweats into shorts & T-shirt and nailed my first 5K!
Took it nice & easy...wrapped up in a blistering 40 mins...lol. But you know, this has been a goal of mine since news of Just a Short Run arrived: to jog a 5K without needing to stop and walk. Doesn't really matter the speed, just to know I can do it! Unfortunately due to financial considerations and costs of traveling I didn't join in the JASR fun down Pittsburgh way, but that doesn't mean I can't still nail that goal!
As usual I went into the run with a very cautious and skeptical frame of mind. Just like yesterday's bike ride, more holding back. At least I succeed in pushing myself into action nonetheless even though I get in my own way with this kind of thinking. I can't help but wonder what I might accomplish if I didn't downplay my capabilities so much...?
So, now that I know I can DO a 5K (in the privacy of my own run with only a few others along the trail as witnesses...lol) what's next?
Well another member of our local SparkTeam was hoping for another member to join her in the 5K run. Although we have others doing the 1/2 marathon, there haven't been others (that I'm aware of) doing the 5K. I've been dragging my feet long enough...I'm IN! :-)
Details about the run here:
Had some great tunes as usual helping me out...Springsteen's "57 Channels" with it's driving beat and Petty's "Runnin' Down a Dream" and bunches of others. One artist I thought I'd mention is someone probably new to most of you: Luciana Souza. She has a marvelous album titled "Brazilian Duos" in which she sings with some of the BEST guitarists in Brazil. Romero Lubambo being my very favorite player. Many of the songs have such a light, festive sound...don't know a word of Portuguese, but I know what music makes my heart sing!
Here's a few links to check out:
A short clip, but you can see Lubambo just SINGING through his guitar:
Longer clip here:
And a full song here:
After the run I changed back into sweats & jacket and cycled the longer way home via the River Road loop which has steep uphill finale for some more standing climbs...shakier today after doing the 5K, but figure I gotta keep building those quads! :-)
Hope everyone had a SPARKIN' weekend! Mine continues into tomorrow morning as I'm flexing my Thurs. night rec time (saw the movie Limitless with my clients) and am taking tomorrow morning off to head to Riverwalk Athletic Center for an indoor workout since it's going to be a rainy day.
I am so SO grateful for this stunning weekend intro to SPRING!!