Saturday, March 17, 2012

5K? Check!

EDIT:  For all my C25K updates, go to the "labels" in the column on the left and click on exercise.  I have many updates on running.  Thanks for stopping by!

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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.
So today was the big day!  I thought I'd look like a fool running but if you have those fears, just run on St.Patrick's day when people wear shamrock underwear on the outside of their clothes, silly hats, and goofy tutus all in good fun!
There I am in my red smore hat walking towards the start line, which was beyond the finish line.  In a sea of green, it was a smart move although I didn't plan that on purpose!
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)

Hebrews 12:1-4
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. 

5 comments:

Stephanie said...

CONGRATULATIONS on setting, working towards and reaching your goal! We are all so very proud of your accomplishment!

merlin said...

Congratulations!
You are an inspiration, however the couch still has me...

In Light of the Truth... said...

Just have to say it again, I am so proud of you! I'm actually looking forward to a few 5Ks this summer to get me motivated and after an offer this past weekend, I'm THINKING about pushing toward a 10K (6-something miles) this fall!

Elsha.Rae said...

congrats! ill be running one at the end of april!

Mary said...

Thank you all for your comments. I posted an update today, Aug.17,2012 if you wanted to read it: http://aproductiveendeavor.blogspot.com/2012/08/running-update.html