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Hottest Day and FIRST 5K!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It is THE HOTTEST DAY EVER in Chicago today. I'm on lock down in my office in the air conditioning. I need to go home soon, but I don't even want to step foot outside right now. But all I can think about is running.

To my surprise, I got a message in my Spark inbox today from LOTUSFLOWER (Kathy) www.sparkpeople.c
- also from here in Chicago. She was inviting me to run the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Race with her on November 6th.

The email exchange went something like this:

KATHY: I really want to run this one, although I've never run a 5k in November, I've heard it's easier than in the summer...I wanted to pass this along in case you wanted to run with me, or meet up, etc.!

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
Chicago IL
November 6, 2010
7:30 AM

ME: Oh my gosh - my heart just started to race even reading that! Could I really do it? I don't know!!! I wasn't planning on signing up for any races until NEXT race season, but November could be doable...

Serendipitous really, but I got a seat on the bus yesterday with a copy of Chicago Athlete magazine sitting in it talking all about the Chicago Triathlon and I just ate it up - I am SO ready to be at the point where I can train but I'm trying to go easy on myself and not try to tackle this running thing too fast.

Let me think about it. I'm kind of excited - and I'd love to meet up and run with you!!!

KATHY: Well I totally think you could do it, but I understand wanting to wait until the next race season, too. If you started C25K this month, or even next month, you'd have 6 weeks to train - there's about 11 weeks until the race.

When I did my first 5k I was exactly 4 weeks out from the race, so I knew I wouldn't be done with C25K, but I ran all but 30 seconds of that race. Then I just finished my second one last week and ran the whole thing, due to my busy work schedule I still have one more session of C25K to run before I technically "graduate".

Just think it over and let me know, I'm 99% sure going to sign up for it, but am ready to run with you whenever YOU are ready. You know your body best. I'll be here for you to motivate you, inspire you, run with you, and cheer you on whenever you are ready.

ME: I just finished Week 1 of C25K actually, so I've already started, but I know because of the heat and my schedule I'm going to repeat Week 1 again until I feel like I've had a "good" run. I'm only running 2 days a week right now because of my swim and Zumba schedule as well. But when I read comments of other people who have started and can only get through 2 of the 8 intervals, I feel really good about where I am. I'm heavier than I wanted to be when I started, but I have been able to run all 8 intervals from the first day. Just worried about upping those intervals to more than 60 seconds right now!

I think I SHOULD sign up for it. It's 12 weeks away, so even if I repeat a couple of weeks, I could still do it. And so what if I have to walk part of it? I'd still be doing it. Plus - running my first race right before the end of race season will only make me that much more pumped to start next year! AND it's called the Hot Chocolate 5K...haha - yes please!

I think I'll do it. Eek! So what do I do - just email the address and request a sign up?

KATHY: Yaay! You CAN do it. You are doing awesome already with C25K. I SO want to try Zumba, there's a class at my gym, I've been a bit intimidated by it...I need to just try it.

I could only run 2x a week and sometimes 1x a week, but it's so worth it. You are doing awesome!

Here's the direct link to register for the 5k. AND you get a very cute chocolate brown sweatshirt!

I'm going to sign up today too! I run pretty slow, a 12 min. mile pretty much. We can always start off together and see what happens!

ME: OK - signing up right now! I think I decided to run it BECAUSE of those "Will run for chocolate" sweaters we get! Super cool. I have no idea what I run, so I just put in 12 min mile - hopefully I'll get there by that point.

Here's the deal - I sign up to run the 5K with you and you take the Zumba class! It's SO much fun. Well - I lie a bit there - it's a big ass kicking, but I love my instructor and I SWEAT like nobody's business, so I think that somehow equates to fun :)

So there you have it - 2 Chicago ladies, 2 challenges - I run the 5K with her, she goes to the Zumba class at her gym. Isn't this FUN??? We're going to need lots of support, so be sure to drop by her page and give her some Zumba love. And anyone who wants to come run with us in Chicago - the more the merrier! I even have room at my place if people want to come in from out of town! I'm all about making this an EVENT!

Ahhhh! I just signed up for a 5K!!! Holy crap. I'm a runner. I AM DOING THIS!!! Just not today on the hottest day of the summer! Today is for air conditioning and rest. Training starts tomorrow.
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  • BUTTERFLYBLUE67 will be fun. One of the members and I ran a 5 k last week. We had a blast. It is awesome to meet someone from sparks and then run a 5k together because you both know the challenges on getting to where you are. Mdeal72 and myself are also going to start a 15 week 1/2 marathon training also on the 23rd. I think the support from each other will be great.
    2838 days ago
    YOU ROCK! You can do it, yes you can!!! I know because I did it and if I can run it, being SO not a runner (in my previous life) I have total faith that you can do it!! Can't wait!!!!!
    2838 days ago
    emoticon That totally ROCKS. Two of my SP friends getting together in Chicago! That ROCKS! I may want to come out and do the 5k with ya! emoticon emoticon
    2838 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing this amazing story!!
    2838 days ago
    Yes! You are doing this.

    You are amazing.

    Oh heck yeah!!

    So proud of you, hot stuff.
    2838 days ago
  • GURTHA123
    me and my sister are also going to do our first 5k on november 6th! but in Salt Lake City not chichago... You can do it... and i just started zumba my first class was yesterday... Congrats on sigining up for you first race!
    2839 days ago
    That is so freakin' awesome! I know you do this! Go for it!
    2839 days ago
    Congratulations!!! You CAN do this!!
    2839 days ago
    You can do it girl!! Sounds like a great way to spend some time with a fellow sparker!!
    2839 days ago
    You are going to love the race! I still smile like crazy thinking about my first 5K and I love my race shirt - "I run for chocolate and champagne." You are going to do great ... and yeah, it doesn't matter if you walk a bit - you are still doing it! I calendared next years race the day after I finished! AND, I just did a search to see if there were any end of season races out here. I found one on Thanksgiving Day.

    Loving the challenges! I hope Kathy enjoys the Zumba class. It's on my list of things to experience too but they don't offer it at my gym. I'm looking for an inexpensive class!

    Wish I could get to Chicago in November!!!!
    2839 days ago
  • WYND10
    I am so proud!!! And a perfect thing to run for....CHOCOLATE! :) You are going to do this, and MAN that is so damn awesome. I need to start running. I want to feel as excited for me as I am for you right now!!
    2839 days ago
    You are such an inspiration! I hate running, but I'm inspired to do C25K just so I can try this race and meet you! (And visit my folks, who live in Lake Geneva.) I don't know if I'd be able to run the whole thing, but I want to try.
    2839 days ago
    love it! it's great that you've got some local support in your 5K effort! You can do it!!
    2839 days ago
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