Sunday, October 07, 2012
After getting back from vacation this past May, I told my cousin I wanted to do a 5K. I've never been a runner-bad knees,flat feet, etc. I always thought I was just too heavy to add anymore stress to my knees. But, I told myself I was going to get serious about my workouts and start implementing more jogging. A good friend of mine ask me about doing the Women's Only 5K in Greensboro in October...I jumped on board and as I promised myself I started jogging. I truly had to tell myself that whether it was a 7 minute mile or a 17 minute mile, it was still a mile! I worked myself up to running 2miles - and I wholeheartedly felt like a champ! Then, I strained my back and the doc said no go on the exercise, except for walking. To say the whole situation sucked would be an understatement.
I'm not one to mask issues with pain pills and muscle relaxers, so I scheduled an appointiment with a chiropractor. I have yet to go back for my follow up lol, but I made a decision that I was going to keep training as best I could- hopefully without any further injury. When I was able to get back on the treadmill, I honestly felt like I was starting over... everything was so hard. Had I really lost my stride being down a couple weeks? Had my lungs shrunk? Did I just not go in the gym with the same mojo I had previously? I still don't know...what I do know is it was hard!
I had all sorts of anxiety of about my first 5K- mostly because I had planned to run it. I was disappointed in myself because I hadn't quite gotten to a consistent place and pace where I could do it. Despite a little lingering congesting, my friend Kelly and I woke up, put on our running shoes, and headed for Greensboro NC. We met up with my friend Deana and her little angel Helena :) I had spent so much time thinking about how I would do, if I was going to pass out on a curb somewhere etc, that it wasn't until we started the race that I really appreciated the process and why I was there. The Women's Only 5k raises funds for Breast Cancer Research and awareness. Being 1 of 3,500 partcipants and getting lost in the sea of pink shirts (and lilac shirts for breast cancer survivors) was one of the most beautiful things I've ever experienced. My friends and I walked the 5k. Shouts out to my friend Deana who pushed a stroller the whole way (and broke out some Pitbull for us on the last stretch), and to my friend Kelly who has always supported me and continued to do so by doing the race with me. We crossed the line at 59 minutes even.
Now, do I wish I had been able to run the full 3.1mi? Of course! Am I disappointed that I didn't? Not at all. The race made me realize it truly is about being your PERSONAL best, and pushing until you get there. There was a time in my life when it was hard walking up the stairs to get to my apartment; I couldn't have even phathomed walking 1 mile, much less a 5k. Yesterday was a personal best! I walked (3) 20 min miles- that's consistency :) Yesterday was a milestone. I said I wanted to do a 5k and I did it. Now, I will set a new goal and beat yesterday's personal best. The moral of the story is speed bumps slow you down and detours mess up your route. But, speed bumps don't STOP you. And while detours frustrate you and make the initial route harder, they eventually get you to the road you were looking for all along. Count them as a blessing- they happened for a reason. Enjoy and remember the process! JUST KEEP PUSHING FORWARD!