Ready, Set, Run

I ran my first 5K last month!

Well, sort of.

I followed the Couch to 5K program for the first 30 minutes and then continued to alternate walking and running until I reached the finish line. But I did run and I completed the race in just under 45 minutes (44 and change)! 45 minutes was my goal and it felt really good to beat that even if it was only by seconds.

You see, I’m not a runner. I’m not much of an athlete either. I didn’t play any team sports in high school; I spent my after-school hours in the dance studio. And then came college and a bout with mono that took me off the dance floor. I was never the same after that. Fast forward to last winter. I signed up for a 5K in March to celebrate the life of a friend who had passed away the year before. My husband offered to participate with me but only if I ran. He didn’t want to walk it. So I accepted his challenge, bought a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement in January. Three weeks into my training the blizzards hit (yes, blizzard with an s. Remember all that snow?) and my new running shoes stayed in the closet. Until April.

I walked the 5K in March (and wore different shoes) but got back to running with the 5K in April and it felt great. Now its time to start training again so I can run the next 5K in its entirety. The Couch to 5K program lasts nine weeks so I should be ready mid-summer.
Bring it on!

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