On January 4th I wrote a post about rolling off the couch and wanting to work out. (Click here to read that.) I have struggled for years in this area and I learned that I am definitely goal orientated! If I don't have something to work towards, it is more likely for me to put it off and simply not prioritize it. My good friend Kim is the one who encouraged me to sign up for a 5K. She said to pick one and she'd run it with me. I think we all need a Kim in our life.
Jay and the kids were there to cheer me on. Jay had to watch LOTS of people pass him before he saw me. Poor guy, but look! He saw the red hat! I sprinted to the finish so don't let this pic fool ya! I shuffled most of it. My friend Kathy also ran today and we had the same pace til after mile 1 but she lost me on a little hill!
It was a HUGE race. 1120 runners! I came in 771! So I beat a few people at least! haha! But I ran the whole 5K! My time was 32min and 3sec. The one and only time I ran 5K before my race was on the treadmill, and my time was 38min and 21sec so I was EXCITED to do so well.
Here I am at the finish line hugging Kim and Kathy! They both kicked my butt but that's ok cause I finished!
|Kim was proud of her cup! haha!|
I wrote "run a 5K" on a goal list and had it on my bathroom mirror THREE years ago. I will be 35 on Tuesday and I finally did it! I highly recommend the Couch to 5K program to anyone to wants to set a goal to build endurance.
Oh and in good news... I had a stress test done this week and my heart is fine!!! WOOT WOOT! And just like all those folks on awards show, I would like to thank God! He has given me an able body and I want to keep it healthy! I no longer have any guilt when it comes to exercising. Next I'm going to focus on some strength training and train for another 5K in May. :o)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.