First 5k in Six Years
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I signed up for the Hyde Park City Fun Run a few days early to make sure I would go. I already had the shirt, it was a good running shirt this time and I couldn't wear it unless I actually did the race. I planned to walk most of it, my goal was to finish and finish I did. My husband did the 5k with me as well as my two little kids. We did bring the stroller for them though since they are used to doing only about half a mile to a mile at the most. The hardest part about the race is that the people keeping time didn't wait for everyone to finish. My family and one more person came in late enough that I guess they decided we weren't worth waiting for or something. That was really a let down. Even if I come in last I still want to know my time! We aren't sure what exact time the race actually started but we estimated that it took us an hour to complete. I guess our next goal will be to do it in under an hour. I have always been slow, my best time in highschool was 30min, but considering that I have been an overweight asthmatic most of my life I feel pretty good about doing it at all and I only compete against myself.
I started fulfilling one of my dreams today. I have always wanted to be the kind of mom that goes running and biking with her kids. A good example of making exercise a part of every day life. After my back injury I wondered if that would ever happen. Today it did. I can live my dreams as long as I take it one step at a time. Also this is the first 5K my husband has ever done. He is active in other ways, but I was touched that he would do it for me. We plan to sign up for another 5k in September.
I prayed about how to train to continue doing 5ks without injuring myself again. The answer I got was to only do about a mile three times a week and then just do the 5ks once or twice a month. Also not try to run too much, but work into the running a little at a time and even remember that it is ok if I have to walk most of it. I feel like God has been guiding me to know what my body is ready for. He gave me this body and He will help me to know how to best take care of it.