Tuesday, April 10, 2012

scratch that one off the bucket list...

So there was a thought a month ago that I would start running.
Since then I have had shin splints, fitted for new shoes and then had calf pains.
Thanks to Erin, she suggested ice and rolling pin which worked wonders.

In fact if it wasn't for her, I most likely would have never started.
She was my inspiration to finally cross off "do a 5K" on my mental bucket list.
Seeing her tweet her runs this winter, it moved me...
she made me want to know what running for yourself felt like.

Thank you.

I finally got to take a photo of my first bib number.
I was nervous about running. My sister and I ran the course the week before and I was so scared of all the hills. So many hills it seemed like, but with the help of my sister, she helped me squash those fears. We ran the course together in 34 minutes.
Three miles in 34 minutes.
She was my hero, she told me she was proud of me.
Me the big sister, she was proud of me? I was beaming.

Then came race day.
and we ran together, again.

The day started out rough for me.
I ran with very heavy thoughts in my head and was distracted then entire race.
I panicked, lost control of my breathing and around mile 2, I had to stop and walk.

I was so pissed at myself. So. pissed.
All the runs I did at home I never stopped.
I stopped in my first race.

My sister slowed down for me and never gave up on me.
I started running again, past the lung cramps and through the tearing calf pains.
Slowly I remembered I was running for me because I was finally working towards and finishing a goal I set for myself. I am forever saying I should do something and I never do.

I saw the finish line, made a motion to my sister and we sprinted.
Hard, I wanted to cry.
The best thing was having her there and giving her the biggest hug afterwards.
( i love you MB)

Well, I set a goal after running for one month to run a 5k.
Thankfully my sister did it with me.
Because I finally did it, my first 5k and definitely not my last.

36:04 and it can only get better from here, right?


Erin said...

I am so proud of you. I know you felt a lot of frustration with yourself, but 36 minutes is SO good for a first 5k, especially with only training for a month!! You did so well.

Barb said...

This makes me smile and remember my first 5K. (A friend talked me into it with three weeks notice and I had never been a runner.) You did so well, I hope you're still smiling from the accomplishment! Congrats!

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Adventures In Babywearing said...

I am in AWE!


Mimi's Toes said...

I am so proud of YOU! Running has never agreed with me, so for you to take on this challenge amazes me. I am so happy to see you making such positive changes!

Elaine A. said...

I KNOW it's not your last. Kinda addictive, isn't it? ;) Great job, my friend!!!

Anonymous said...

So proud of you!! Running is like free therapy or church without the pews. It's an amazing feeling to be alone with your music and thoughts and to feel such an awesome sense of accomplishment when you're done. How can something so satisfying be good for you?! You don't need fancy gear, just a good pair of shoes and the luxury of time. No one can touch that "me" time, as long as you don't let them...just turn the music up! So when's the 10K? You rock, baby!


InTheFastLane said...

Super job!!!
I am so impressed at the goal you set yourself and how you have been working toward it. You ROCK!