I recently took up running and, to my great surprise, I am absolutely addicted to the rush I get from pounding the pavement. I am not great at it and my pace is slow but each week I keep working at it, getting a little bit better with every run. One night I mentioned to my friend Jennifer that I really wanted to run a 5k. A few days later, she sent me a suggestion for an upcoming race. At first I thought, "will I be ready?" but then I mustered up the courage and decided to give it a go.
On the morning of the race, we rose early to meet at 7am. There was a great buzz in the crowd as everyone chatted with their friends and warmed up their bodies. Of course, Debby was beginning to make her appearance in Florida so it was a little muggy and sprinkling but that did not stop us. Jennifer and I stretched as she gave me the play by play of what to expect. By 7:50am we were in line waiting for the race to begin. I had carefully crafted my race day playlist (thank you, Beyonce) and was ready to take off.
At 8:05am, the gun sounded off and away we went. The whole experience was quite exhilarating. Everyone takes off and begins to set their pace for the race. I am pretty sure that I was running a little faster that I needed to start out at but I was in the zone. As the race progressed, there were moments were I felt tired but I would walk, catch my breath and be off again. I ended up in a group of people who kept a similar pace as me which I especially enjoyed when we got closer to the finish line and cheered each other on. I completed my first race in 43 minutes and 24 seconds.
Six months ago, I probably could not run for 3 minutes straight but now I can run 3 miles! The body is an amazing thing. To have completed my goal is such a wonderful accomplishment. So many times we doubt ourselves, especially when it comes to physical challenges, but I am so thrilled that I had enough courage to believe that I could do this. And, I am not done yet...
1. Another race in September
2. Run it in under 40 minutes
|About to cross the finish line!|
Thank you to all of you that sent me facebook messages or tweeted at me to show your support. It meant a great deal to have your encouragement!