Motivation… Inspiration… or Intimidation?
Several months ago I decided to start running. I invested in the Couch to 5K app ($2.99) and some good running shoes (slightly more than $2.99). Now I have NEVER been a runner. I come from a long line of non-runners. My mother used to pass out in PE class when she had to run. (I know I have mentioned this aversion to running in earlier posts, but it’s worth re-telling, because seriously, it’s not pretty.) But, I was determined to try it.
And guess what?
I ran. For 90 seconds at a time. It was HELL for me. But I did it. I kept running for several months. I got to the point where I could run for 28 min straight.
Then summer hit… that was the end of running. (at least for a while). Those of you who know me know that heat is NOT my thing, I can barely stand to sit outside in July, clearly running was not on my list of things to do.
Back when I first really began working out regularly, my friend challenged me to do a 5K. I told him he was insane. He said it was the best way to motivate myself to keep running. I told him I might make a run to Taco Bell, but that was about it. After several months of friendly encouragement, I said “fine, I’ll do the damn 5K if you run it with me!” (Not entirely sure what I was thinking as he was training for a TRIATHALON at the time.) So I finally found a 5K to run. It’s going to be on October 30th.
About a week ago, I looked at the calender and realized just how soon that was. Needless to say, after a 2+ month hiatus, I could no longer run for 28 min straight! I freaked out! Then, I started running again….
I backed up the couch to 5k program to the 5 week mark, it’s a 9 week program, so that would take me right up to the week before the race, and would even give me a week cushion to be safe. I’ve been running every other day, religiously. I am back to running more than 20 min straight, and even extending past the required time in the program.
So, I’ll actually admit it, my friend was right. (Of course I’ll never admit this directly to him, so unless he is reading the post, he’ll never know!!) But having a deadline really did motivate and inspire me! (Ok, really, it scared me, but the result was the same).
If you want to try to run a 5k, I strongly recommend trying the program, especially if you have an app-capable phone, and just suck it up and register for a race. Make it sooner rather than later, because when it’s hanging over your head, it’s a LOT more inspiring (intimidating!) and will really help you stick with it!
So keep your fingers crossed that I can make it through the 5k. I’ll let you all know how it goes! PS they are even giving away free hot dogs after the race… mmmmm, just what I want after running the longest distance of my life, a HOT DOG. (Who plans this?!)
Any runners out there, any tips for my first (and possibly last) race?