I am a RUNNER!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
This morning was the Turkey Trot which was my original goal that I was working towards when I started running in June. I was surprisingly calm and relaxed about the whole ordeal considering the hype leading up to it. I haven't been consistently training my runs lately because I took a break to focus on the Fitness Blender challenge. Strength training during those challenges has actually helped my runs, so that's awesome!
Yesterday, I was so excited about today's run because it was going to be an unseasonably warm 60 degrees. Perfect running temperature! After we got up and around this morning, we noticed it was windy (30 mph, 45 mph gusts)...THEN the rain came. It was pouring while we were driving to the starting line. My hubs ran it with me and I asked him if he was all in, because it was bound to be a rough run, and he assured me that with how long we have waited for this run we had to do it regardless. So we did!
I felt like I was crazy for doing it! Then I had that moment of- holy cow, I feel like I can officially call myself a runner. Only a crazy runner would be doing this. We were running on the sidewalk/road with cars kicking up rain and muck, trumping through puddles, etc. Even though we were wet and cold (and wet shoes/socks- YUCK!) it felt great and I was so happy we did it.
When we did the Color Run at the end of September we ran the 5K in 45 min. Today we did it in 41:08- I was shocked and super happy that we shaved off 4 minutes. Even though only about 20 runners showed up, I still wasn't in last place either.
I'm so proud of myself. I'm so happy that I stuck with it and even though I wasn't where I wanted to be in my training, I still did better than my last 5K and I made myself do it- even in less than desirable circumstances. I'm going to continue to run, we are in the process of deciding on which run we are running in December. Everyone tells me that when you start running, after 6 months of training it gets a lot better. December is my 6 month mark and it already feels a lot better. My ultimate goal is to run the ENTIRE 5K- 3.1 miles. I know I'll get there and I can't wait! :)