Keith and I were in Chicago this past weekend for the Chicago 1/2 marathon and 5k. I am so proud of both of us. We both had firsts with this run:
Keith completed his first half marathon
I completed my third 5k this year - but this time, I ran the whole thing
Wait, what was that
I ran my third 5k this year! I have had "run a 5k" on my goal list for 2 years. Why didn't I do it before? I was scared. I thought I wasn't good enough. What if I couldn't run the whole thing? What if I finished last?
Keith and I ran our first 5k in January. I walked some. I ran most. I didn't finish last. I proved to myself I could do it.
We ran our second 5k in Madison in August at the Madison Mini. Last year we signed up for this run but got rained out (actually, the rain helped me to chicken out). This year the weather was beautiful, the course was awesome, the energy was amazing. I wanted to run the whole thing but had to walk at mile 2 and then on and off for the last mile. That's ok, I had a better time and still felt good!
This past weekend the weather was perfect. The course was flat, the music lively, the energy of the crowd - wow. I was excited and pumped. I had done this twice. I could DO it! I cheered Keith and his brother on as they started the 1/2 at 7am and then got ready for my 7:45am start.
I started out at a steady pace. People passed me, but that was ok. It wasn't about THEM. It was about me. I got to mile 1 and realized I felt really good. Not tired or out of breath, just in a rhythm. I started to pass others that had passed me but were now walking. I kept a good pace.
Mile 2 was long and straight, but there were people along the way with signs and smiles to cheer us on. Just past mile 2 was the water station. I kept going, I didn't want to jinx myself. I wanted to see if I could run the whole way. I was starting to feel tired, but not too bad, I slowed my pace a little bit, but didn't walk.
I saw the mile marker for mile 3 and realized I was so close. I CAN DO THIS! As I rounded to the finish line I picked up the pace and finished strong.
I did it.
A year ago I was too scared to run a 5k that I had signed up for. A year later I ran the whole way. We are only limited by the what we think we can or cannot do. Now that I know I can do it, I have a baseline to train. I signed up for the 1/2 with Keith for next year. There will be other runs before then, I look forward to them.