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A great decision (re: yesterday's 5K)

Monday, April 08, 2013

Yesterday I had a decision to make - whether or not to run the 5K I had signed up for weeks ago.

I signed up to motivate myself to run again - using a treadmill C25K program. I had five weeks between signup and the race- just enough time to fully train. However....

I wasn't training as often as I needed to. When I trained, I did the program completely- every second and at an appropriate speed. I was exhausted every time. But I have a life, and kiddos, and things were coming up to prevent me from getting on the treadmill. By the time the race came around I was doing ~2 runs per week instead of 3.

So. Do I run or do I stay home? I really wanted to stay home, because I knew I wouldn't get a fast score and I was terrified to be the last person. But, I knew that this was a step along the path of fitness and that running it would be a good sign of my commitment.

And I ran!

Around 1.5 miles I met up with another woman running about my pace and we ran the rest of the way together. It was great to have someone to talk with and motivate me. And I finished! With a terrible time! But I finished! And there's no where to go but up, right? :)
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  • BETHS60
    Good for you! Congratulations on finishing!

    The first 5 k I ever ran, I got a 2nd place ribbon for my age group. Of course, there were only 2 women IN my age group, but I was absurdly proud of my ribbon. I was one of the last people over the finish line, but I was definitely the oldest woman in the race.
    1775 days ago
    Very inspirational! THanks, Pat
    1776 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    I gotta say you've given me hope for my 5K this weekend. I've been waffling due to some poor motivation (and a nagging heel injury). Thanks for posting and knowing you made it, well I think that'll help me along, too. Thanks a bunch!
    1776 days ago
    Hey be so proud of yourself! You got out there and did it and finished it! The time isn't so important when you are starting out, getting it done is. Remember, no matter what the time you are still so much faster than those that sit on the couch and never try! It will be a marker you can see your improvement from as you continue. Glad you found someone to motivate you through the second half. You are awesome!
    1776 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    You finished and that is the most important piece. You trained half way so to speak because of life but in the end you stuck to your commitment and did it, woo hoo. Regardless of time that is huge. Congrats!!!
    1776 days ago
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