My First 5K Journey
Sunday, September 24, 2017
My whole life I have had a love/hate relationship with running. I hate running, but I've always wished I liked it. My older brother did cross country growing up, so I wanted to try it out too. In middle school I joined cross country. I was the slowest runner on the team, but at the end of the year I earned the award for Most Improved. After that year, I never ran cross country again. I never really ran long distances again until I played soccer my senior year in high school. I was only the second slowest on the soccer team. When I was playing soccer, I was in the best shape I'd been in for years.
However, I inevitably gained the freshman fifteen when beginning college. Then I gained more and more each year. I was able to work out occasionally, but I was eating horribly. I had dessert every night, drank pop every day, and went out all the time. Once I graduated college, I knew I needed to change for my health and for my wedding happening July of 2018.
My fiancé loves running, so I decided that to work out with him I would start the Couch to 5K program. It was going well, but then I realized that I didn't have the speed that the program expected me to have. I would be expected to run a certain amount of minutes OR 3 miles, but that number of minutes wouldn't even be close to 3 miles for me. This was super discouraging. I finished the program nonetheless, but then gave up on running for a while.
My fiancé and his family were all doing a 5K mud-run, but I decided not to do it with them. I had extreme FOMO, and when I found out how much fun they had doing it, I decided I was not missing out on the next one.
Before I knew it, my fiancé and his sister found another 5K in the area. It's for an awesome charity (Special Olympics), you get sweet swag, and after you finish there's free apple cider and caramel apples. I looked up information about the race, and it's a 5K run/WALK. You also get 2.5 hours to complete the race, which I can totally do. So, I'm starting another 5K training plan, and I'm ready to finish my first real 5K! Wish me luck!