Monday, April 29, 2013
I signed up 7 weeks ago for a 5K “fun run,” which was held yesterday. It was to benefit charity. I even found a 7-week “Couch to 5K” program online so I would be ready to run.
My first day out, a Monday, and my day off, I got a frantic call from one of my staff calling out because of “personal issues.” I’m usually suspect of personal issues and “family emergencies,” because they are usually euphemisms for “it’s a nice day and I want to party instead of work.” My staff was sobbing, so she probably really had something going on.
So I didn’t run that day. The next few days were work days, and I just didn’t have time to go out and run. Or…I didn’t make the time to go out and run.
And then I was on-call a week. I had to carry a pager and cell phone everywhere. So much for traveling light. I took brief walks around town, with the devices shoved in my pockets.
And then…the weeks flew by and I worked and worked, and then it was the day of the race. I really can’t say the day snuck up on me or that it was a surprise – after all, I had 7 weeks’ notice. I suppose I should have signed up to walk, but I had chosen to run (I had already asked what would happen if I changed my mind and was told nothing, I’d still have a chip and would still be timed). I walked fast, though, and finished in 50 minutes (official time: 50:42). And I fully expected to come in last place of the runners – and I was actually 459 of 473. But, regardless my placement, I FINISHED.
My feet hurt, though. It’s the shoes, I just know it. They look really cool – they’re coral. However, they don’t seem to have the cushioning necessary for running or walking shoes. I guess you get what you pay for with shoes, and clearance items at Target may be nice to work in and get tons of compliments on, but may not cut it for a race.
All this is training and learning for a 5K my agency is sponsoring in November. I am helping plan this race, and I plan to run. Really run. Not win, just run. I have 6 months to train. And my time to beat is 50:42.