*This run was on November 9, 2013 in Clintwood, VA.
So a little more than a month before the actual run myself, my husband and one of our friends decided to do a Color Run. It was in support of Alpha-1 research. My friend Christina had been training and my husband regularly runs on the treadmill. They did GREAT!!! Christina beat both of us though…she kicked butt! I think this was her 3rd 5k so she knew what to expect and went out there and got it done. The Husband beat me too! I was very proud of both of them! I hadn’t worked out at all. I had my son 4 months prior and I’ve been (understandably) preoccupied. I’m just now getting to where I feel like I can juggle it all and add working out.
Anyway, it was just for fun so I thought, what the heck? Who cares about my time? I had a blast and I think the Husband and Christina did as well!
I learned 3 things:
- I did better than I thought I would.
- I didn’t do great AT ALL!
- I wanna do it again…and again…and again!
I have to tell y’all though…it was HARD. But that’s why I liked it. I liked the challenge. I liked the fact that it was hard and that I doubted myself but I pushed through and made it happen. Was it pretty? No. But I DID IT. I put my mind to it and proved I could do it. Now I’m excited at the prospect of what I can do with training. I’m excited to see how far I can push my body and my mind.
The first major hill was huge and it was long. I really thought I would never get up that hill. My lungs burned and my ears rang. I could feel my finger trips throb. There was an ambulance in the back that played “Eye of the Tiger” all the way up that hill. It seriously took me, oh I’d say 4 “Eye of the Tiger”s to get up that hill but when I crested that hill I knew I could finish. I just knew it. I kept pushing. Yes, I jogged but I also walked. I walked A LOT. It’s okay.
So this begins my journey to become a Runner. I’m sure I’ll be posting every once in a while about training and trying to keep up with my progress.
I look forward to being able to do my next 5k!