Tuesday, November 05, 2013
This past Saturday I ran a 5K. It's actually my second one in a few weeks. I love it! It was a perfect day, a really great course, and a fun run. It was the Jingle Bell Run, so there were lots of costumes. We all got a jingle bell as part of our runner's packet, so at the start it sounded like a giant sleigh.
For a while I was really goal-focused when I ran. Each week I had to go longer stretches, or faster. I had planned to run a half-marathon. (Running a whole marathon never appealed to me, otherwise I'm sure I would be shooting for that!) Then I started to get really achey, so I let my running taper off for a while.
My sister asked me to run in the first 5K with her and my niece. I said sure, but inside I thought "Can I really run the whole thing? What if I'm really bad at it?"
My thoughts were totally unfounded. I didn't finish first, but I didn't finish last either. And I didn't collapse or have to walk. It was just a lot of fun! It was so cool to get out there and see so many people running. One woman, a little older, had a homemade bib on her back saying "Mama's first 5K". I thought that was so neat!
I do have a goal to run a 10K next year, but I'm rethinking the half-marathon goal. 5Ks are just so much fun...and really the perfect distance for me. It's a great feeling to get up early, pick up your packet, run a good 5K and then go home, feeling invigorated...and realize you have your whole day left!
If you haven't run a 5K because you think you won't make it, or you aren't good enough, or any other excuse...don't believe it. Sign up - you'll have a blast and you will NOT regret it.