This past Saturday, I did something I never thought I would do. I actually participated in a 5K. The back story is quite interesting, so please bear with me for a moment.
Late Spring 2010
My friend Ryan asked me to join her in the Race for the Cure 5K in September. Knowing that I needed to get in shape, I agreed. She even had a code to allow me $5 off of the registration fee. I began to do some initial planning for how to train, as I am not a runner. Those plans were put on hold as I spent every waking minute of free time working on my graduate thesis.
Early Summer 2010
I found a 6 week program that seemed to work well for the training. It was a combination of walking, running, and other exercise. I decided to extend it out to be a 10 week program, allowing myself a few skip days, as I was still working on my thesis. So there I started - 100 degree temperatures and I was running my heart out. After my first attempt at running 1/2 mile straight (no breaks), I thought I was going to die and took a few days off. Gradually I worked my way up to running a mile straight without feeling like total death. (It still didn't feel great - I don't believe the people who get a runner's high).
Mid Summer 2010
I met up with Ryan to do a little shopping for the BFFs daughter. She was telling me about her progress in losing her baby weight, and I mentioned that I can now run a mile without feeling like death. My goal was to be able to run 2 miles by the end of the month (August) so I would be prepared. Ryan asked why I was killing myself trying to run such a long distance. I replied "for the 5K. This isn't fun!" Imagine how I felt as Ryan started laughing hysterically. She informed me that she was running to work off baby weight, and that we had joined a group with a bunch of older women who couldn't run due to health issues. WE WERE WALKING! After the initial shock, I laughed too and decided that I have come this far, may as well keep up the running for my health.
Late Summer 2010
In the few weeks leading up to the race, I began to walk instead of run. The weather was taking a toll on my allergies and horrible immune system, so walking became my new hobby. I think my dog liked our extended walks as well.
Race Day - September 25, 2010
Over $1,000,000 was raised just in Cincinnati alone for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Ryan and I are already planning our team for next year, and can't wait to participate again! What a great way to give back and enjoy some exercise with friends!
**Disclosure: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure did not endorse or sponsor this post. The views in the post are those of the blogger.**