Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Last month, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k. I didn't run the whole way, but did pretty well, I'd say, for my first race. But last week I managed to run a full 5k in the gym, and then at home! Just a few months ago, I had to really push myself to even get a half mile down -- if that!
I've been really impressed with my progress in this arena. I guess the biggest reason I've never been able to run was just that I was never _willing_ to run. A bit of an eye opener. My favourite excuse used to be knee problems from a wreck I was in a few years ago. But I've found that by running (well, working out in general), I've actually strengthened that knee and it doesn't act up nearly as often. On the down side... I can't use that excuse any more ;)
I've been doing a little mutual pushing with a friend of mine. We had an informal competition to get a bit more fit. We both hit our three-month goal within three weeks... oops. But one of the side effects would be that one of us would go out running, and report in to the other... who saw that as a challenge to beat. So that went back and forth a bit until he got too busy with work to really be able to get any good runs in. That's let me pull well into the lead for now. But I'll prod him some more.
I've tried to get him to do the Jailbreak Dash with me in September, but he declined. He might do the Mud Quest run with me in October, though. If I can get him to be more committed, I might even get a 5K or two out of him.
Speaking of 5ks, my next is going to be Aug 14, I think. It's benefitting cerebral palsy research.