Every year, a group from our church sponsors a 5k and a kids' run. Kade and Ky have run in the kids' run 3 years prior to this one. It's such a fun event every year. Last year, Ky won 1st place in his age division, the year before that, Kade did. The first year they ran, when they were three, they both thought they won because they got a Popsicle at the end.
|Two very handsome spectators|
|Look at them go!|
So, I found a free app, called Couch to 5k, and it promised that if I followed their plan, and trained 3 days per week, I would be able to run a 5k in 8 weeks. Well, the first week you start out running 60 seconds at a time, followed by a couple of minutes of jogging, repeated a few time. No big deal. But by the second week, I had to run for a full two minutes without stopping, and I thought, there is no way I'm going to be able to make it 3 miles without stopping! It was embarrassingly hard to run for even a couple of minutes at a time. But I didn't give up. I wanted to several times, especially as it got harder and I noticed that not only did I have a hard time getting enough air as I ran, but that I was wheezing too. Asthma is everywhere in my gene pool, and though I've never been diagnosed with it, it would make sense that I would have it. I could have used my self-diagnosis as an excuse to give up, but I didn't.
As the race got closer, and my app was telling me to run much longer increments without stopping, I decided that my goal would just be to finish and not die. If I was still alive at the finish line, I would call it a success! Then, as I could see myself getting better, I decided that my goal would be to finish without stopping, even if my pace was super slow.
The week before the race, I ran 3.1 miles for the first time. It took me a little more than 34 minutes. But, it was inside, where there are no allergens (the only time I trained outside, I could hardly breathe through my nose because my allergies were so bad!), and it was on a flat treadmill, and the race course is very hilly! So I was pretty nervous, but I decided to make my goal 36 minutes, to account for the hills and the pollen.
The awards ceremony was held after everyone finished the race, and we were excited to see that Kade finished in 1st place in his age group again! Ky was in second place, and handled it much better than he did last time he took 2nd behind Kade.
Okay, and if I haven't completely bored you all with my rambling, I have one more funny story about running. A few moments after I crossed the finish line I thought, I never have to run again! I'd met my goal and that was all I cared about. But a few days later, I was listening to music on my Ipod while I made dinner, and a song came on that I had purchased as "running" music and had only listened to it while training. But, as I was listening to it this time I thought, this makes me feel like going for a run. My very next thought was, What?! Who am I and what has happened to me that I would even think that?!
Oh, and I just signed up to run another 5k in September!