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Paying It Forward And Getting It Back

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's amazing how much support you can get from all sorts of sources if you just tell people what you're trying to do!

Last year I decided to take up running and run a 5K race. Having never ever ever ever ever been a runner or considered myself even vaguely athletic, the very thought of it was intimidating. I picked a race date that was months away from my training start date because I just couldn't conceive of being able to run that distance.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the race...

As I took things at my own pace and ran week after week I found that I was exceeding my own expectations even in training runs. My first goal was just to finish the race with only 1 minute of walking. Then I put a time limit on that and decided to finish in less than 35 minutes. Soon I realized I'd be able to do it without the walk time so I dropped that. By the time the day of the race rolled around I'd brought my goal down to running the whole thing in less than 30 minutes.

I had a great support system for this. A work colleague is a triathlete and providing great running tips and support along the way. She did a couple training runs with me before the race, gently pushing me to push myself. Then on race day she ran the race with me and acted as my pace car getting me to the finish line in 30:06!

Having someone to support me that way and be there for encouragement through the race was invaluable to me. And now it's my turn to pay it forward!

Another friend at work has just embarked upon the couch to 5K program and we've signed up to do the SF Marathon 5K component at the end of July! I'm excited to be that support and encouragement for someone else now! And I'm also excited to do the race again now that I have one under my belt and will have all those newbie jitters out of the way (I'm sure I'll still be dying of nerves but at least I'll know what to expect and that I've done it before!)

Since the 5K is 5 weeks away and I've set a goal of 1lb/wk for weight loss, I'm also going to set the goal of being down 5 lbs by race day.

The best part? While I'm helping a friend meet her goals, I'm getting support and encouragement right back in the form of a workout buddy and a kick in the butt. It's a win/win!

Me, red-faced and proud, after running the 5K last year.
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  • ALM0226
    Awesome!! I have the Watermelon 5k that I do every year on the 4th of July and that was because a girlfriend made it her goal that I adopted along the way to show her support....We've been doing it now for 6 years :) I'm more of a 30-32 minute jogger because I really don't train for it....and most years I'm just a weeeee bit hung over....lol.....but it is great when you can be AND have a support buddy!!
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