Monday, May 14, 2012

I Knew I Could

I did it! I ran my first 5k!

If you've been following this blog for any length of time you know this is a pretty big deal for me.  For some, running 3 miles is no biggie, but I was never interested in running until a few years ago.  Training for 10 weeks and getting out there and DOING it was so incredibly fun.  I have that overwhelming sense of accomplishment that comes along with stepping out of your comfort zone and going for it.  When I decided to do this it was on a whim and I truthfully thought I was crazy for even considering it! Not anymore! I understand the allure of a race and I finally understand why people keep coming back for more.

Up until the big day, I was nervous. Really nervous. I wasn't nervous about finishing it because Curtis said he would be there with me the entire time. I was just nervous to be taking part in such a big event for our city, with thousands of spectators and runners. It was the 35th Anniversary of the Fifth Third River Bank Run and that added an extra layer of nerves.  And really, I am NOT a runner. Or AM I?? I am still trying to figure out how that works because as I sit and type this, I kind of feel like I am a runner. In fact, I'm supposed to lift today and suddenly I'm feeling like taking a run.  Huh? I know, right??

Friday night I decided to go to bed early and hoped that my butterflies wouldn't keep me from sleeping. I slept well and woke early.  I wanted to be sure I was totally prepared, which is not out of the ordinary for me. I ate a small breakfast of eggs, toast and a glass of water and we were off.  I joked with Curtis that since I get SO red in the face when I run that I might as well wear neon for the event and I did! Neon shirt, neon nails, neon headband, neon shoes. Neon...from head to toe! People kept stopping me to compliment my get-up! Ha!

It was a beautiful morning! We parked the car and slowly started to walk towards the starting line. My butterflies were intensifying but I also had this calm excitement over me. I was taking it all in...the people, the sounds, the runners, the spectators. We watched the 7am heat line up and did some yoga stretching as we waited for our 7:30 start.  When it was time to lineup we took our spot behind the 11 minute pacer.  This was a perfect spot for us as I noticed at the end that we were still running with the same group we started with.  I finished in 33:51.  I am not a fast runner, but I got out there and did it and for that I am so proud! People are already asking me if I'm ready for a 10k and I know that with the appropriate training I could totally do this.  Heck! A year ago today, I was sitting at home 1 week postpartum weighing 55 pounds heavier than I do today.  Nothing is impossible for me!

If you feel like there is no way you could ever run a mile, let alone 3 or even more, I'm here to tell you that it's possible.  If I can do it, so can you! All it takes is a giant leap out of your comfort zone and B O O M! I am so happy that I took on this little adventure and I can't wait to do it again next year!


Larissa: said...

Congratulations!! What an accomplishment!! I hope to one day run a 5k. I downloaded the Couch to 5k app... just have to take that leap :-)

Em said...

Thank you, Larissa! If I can do it, so can you!!!