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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

So I signed up for this 5K because it's something I really want to do. I really want this. But the reality is that I've never run more than a quarter of a mile at a stretch. My husband asked me if we wasted a forty dollar entrance fee. I know I can walk a five K in less than an hour so if I had to walk it I would. Then I decided Sunday that I would jog in place in the living room for an hour. I did that, knowing that if I could do that, I could propel myself forward for an hour. So I went to the track last night. I decided I would do 12 laps--not a bit short and I wouldn't let myself stop running. After one lap, I said if I could do one then I could do two. So I kept going. On my third lap, I was ecstatic that I was on my way to doing a mile. On my fifth lap, if I could do a mile, surely two more laps.As I began my seventh lap, I realized that I just had to repeat what I just did, but I was getting really tired and my legs were heavy. So I just put my focus on the one lap. I thought about all the things I've done over my life. If I could do that, I could do this. Sure I was younger then but I still have that crazy determination that I was born with. As I finished two miles, I knew it would be crazy to stop. If I stopped then I would have to start over fighting this same battle another day and that was unacceptable to me. The last three laps were a blur: I was getting weak and tired but I kept on. I finished twelve laps, 3 miles in all and then walked a thirteenth lap to cool down before stretching out. I was grinning so huge, my face felt like it would break. People at the track stopped me to ask how many laps I did and how I kept going. I am proud that I didn't quit and now I know I can run my 5K and have fun! I'll probably be the slowest runner there but that doesn't matter because I'll finish what I started.
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IDICEM 3/20/2014 12:06PM

  emoticon You will rock your 5K!

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SERENE-BEAN 3/20/2014 5:06AM

    Ohmigosh, this is literally the best thing I've read all day! You are MIGHTY!!!!!!!!

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TWESTEN1 3/19/2014 6:21PM

    That is AWESOME!!!!! I am so very proud of you :)

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CFMOSS 3/19/2014 5:38PM

    Excellent.....I'm planning on running a 5K this spring/summer - it's a goal....haven't done one for quite some time. It'll be work because I haven't been running, but should be a good shake it up. Hopefully my DD can do it too, but she said she ran briefly yesterday and her lungs were acting up....hmmm.....we'll work on this together. You are doing great!!!!!!

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LSIG14 3/19/2014 2:29PM

    Cheers and hugs - you are amazing. I am not a runner so I am really in awe of your accomplishment! You'll do great in the 5K!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/19/2014 1:21PM

    Well done!! There is nothing wrong with being the slowest one, but I can pretty much guarantee you won't be. Have fun!! emoticon

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TEXASGIDGET 3/19/2014 12:16PM

    Great job! That is an amazing testament to your determination! So thrilled that you managed to finish your 12 laps! A runner I am not, but I am still enjoying what I am doing! Best of luck with the 5k!

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