It now seems like a hundred years since I wrote this. Can that really have been just six months ago? I don't know how obvious it is from THAT post how doubtful I was that I would ever get to write THIS post, but trust me – it was iffy.
I admitted to Jeff this weekend that I didn't realize I would be so committed to "this running thing". And, honestly, I didn't. Back in October, I downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my phone and did a week or two of the training before getting derailed by the holidays and a hundred other excuses. I had always considered running a "someday" thing, and I guess I was resigning myself to it being more like a "some OTHER day" thing. And I didn't mind. Too much.
Somewhere in there I broke my phone and any history of my first, failed attempt at C25K was erased. I had a clean slate I probably didn't deserve. But there I was. Back to square one.
After deciding a real, live goal might light my fire I registered for the 2011 Komen Ozark Race for the Cure 5K. I had six weeks to complete a nine week training schedule that would take me from zero ("couch") to my first 5K. Stranger things have happened.
And happen it did.
We woke up at 5:30, dropped the kiddo at Nancy's and headed to Rogers to meet up with 16,000 of our closest friends. Yes – 16,000! This race has grown so much the last few years!
There is no shortage of fun at this thing — people show up in hopes of outdoing the next person in wacky, nonsensical pink clothing/hair/makeup. Tutus, pink zebra spandex, wigs — if you can dream it, they can "pink" it.
My running partner for the race was my friend Jennifer – who got all fancy last year and decided to up and run a marathon! Maybe if I continue to surround myself with these running muses it will start to wear off on me!
After a quick "before" pic, we headed to the start line. And don't forget the other 15,998 people! They were there, too!
Jeff was able to snap a few pictures before/during/after the race, but I have no idea how he managed to find us in this mob. As this photo was taken, Jennifer and I were probably still standing in the back somewhere, waiting to GET to the start line. At one point, she turned to me and asked what time I was hoping to make. And then broke the news that we probably weren't looking at any personal bests while wading through that crowd…
Do you see me? Do you see me?
There I am!
That photo was taken just out of the gate and the crowd thinned as we ran, but it was pretty cozy for the first mile or so. I hadn't had time to walk/run the course before the race so I was crossing my fingers that there weren't TOO many hills.
The whole darn thing was uphill! Never incredibly steep, but a good solid incline — for (what CERTAINLY felt like) the whole way!
Jennifer was a great pacer and we had a good run. NO WALKING! That alone was a huge accomplishment for me. I walked during one hefty uphill stretch of the Cow Paddy last week, and I had yet to do 3 miles – no stopping. So I feel great about that.
The race was chip timed, but as far as I can tell, all timing started when the gun went off. So… remember that slow start and waiting to GET to the start line? Meh.
I'm calling it good. 3+ miles, no stopping. And two 5Ks in 8 days.
The only New Year's Resolution I made this year was to accomplish five things on my Life List in 2011. Well.
Incidentally, it also equals this:
My friend Molly recently told me, "5Ks are the gateway drug to running." I guess we'll find out soon enough. And maybe there really is something to this whole adrenaline and endorphins thing. Because I maaaaaaay have let myself get all excited this weekend and I maaaaaaaaaaaaaay have already registered for another 5K in less than 3 weeks.
Well, that. And I downloaded B210K on my phone.
B210K (Bridge to 10K): Specifically designed for C25K app (Couch to 5K) graduates. Pick up where C25K app leaves off and get to the 10K distance in just 6 weeks.