Three posts in three days??? What is going on??? Three words: GRAD. SCHOOL. OVER. Wait, no, three more words: FINALLY. A. BREAK.
So I actually completed the Thank You Run 5K 30 before 30 on Thanksgiving Day, about a month after RJ and I finished Insanity. I figured it would be my best chance at actually doing semi-decently, when I was at the peak of my physical fitness. I also figured the same thing with being able to conquer two pull-ups, but seriously, no matter HOW FRICKIN in shape I am, I just don’t think that one is going to happen. 30 Before 30: Do Two Pull-Ups = FAIL. FOREVER.
If you know me, you know I have never been a runner. I will never love running. I will never do it for fun or for fitness. I’m slow, it hurts my rib, it hurts my ears. I would rather go through all 60 days of Insanity all over again, rather than train for something even as small as a 5k. I don’t get those runner’s highs that people always talk about. I just hate running. I just am not and will never be a runner!
So it was a big deal for me to want to train for and run a 5K. Even right after Insanity, training was not fun. Though I could at that point do multiple sets of 16 push-ups at a time and push my cardio endurance for about an hour at a time, I just could not build up my running endurance! Secretly, I hoped to run the 5K in less than 40 minutes, but even then I didn’t want to tell people my goal because I was afraid of failing so hard. So like a 12 minute mile? Yeah, I could do that. :)
The day of, however, was a different story. Even though training for a simple 3-ish mile run was horrific, for some reason when I was at the start line, I was just…PUMPED. Like adrenaline was coursing through me and gave me new strength or something.
While training, I would stop probably every 1/8 of a mile or something, but on race day I actually made it about 1.5 miles without stopping. And I only stopped twice the entire race. It helped that there was an old lady and some little kids who were running in front of me. I just kept thinking, “You can’t let that old lady beat you!! You can’t let those kids beat you!!” So…for better or for worse, pride was somewhat my motivation. :)
So needless to say, I beat my goal time of 40 minutes…I finished in 31:28, which was CRAZY a miracle!! And a surprise to my family as well. And even MORE of a miracle, I even thought to myself…”Maybe I’ll do this again next year, but the 10K!!” But maybe that was just the “runner’s” high talking.
I’m pretty proud of myself for completing a 5K. I know my friends are off doing half marathons and full marathons, but this was a big deal for me. A physical feat of great proportions for myself. If I hadn’t put it on my 30 before 30 list, I highly doubt that I would have attempted this. But I’m glad that I did. :)
Thanks for those cheering me on, either physically present or in spirit. I couldn’t have made it without you all. :)