Wow, okay first, how have I not written anything since April 12?!?! Believe it or not, I actually have a few drafts floating around that I want to complete soon! I promise I will try to be better, but I have been working hard to reflect on my priorities in life and I think I am finally at a place where I am feeling a little more comfortable.
In other news, I accomplished something two weeks ago that I never thought I could do, I FINISHED a 10k!!!!!! Back in January Crystal asked me to try and run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler with her. (check out her recap here) I couldn’t quite commit to that but she managed to convince me to train to run the Pikes Peek 10k with her and some of her family. She sold it as being a small race with only a few hills so I decided to give it a try.
I signed up thinking it would be a way to keep myself motivated to workout, something I was finding nearly impossible but desperately missed. Well, I do not fancy myself a runner so I had no idea where to start. Luckily a co-worker of mine was also training for her first 10k so between her and Crystal, I had plenty of motivation and people to share tricks with. I trained the whole time using an interval schedule, run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute and slowly began to build my endurance. I’ll never forget the day I finished 3 miles and for the first time, felt like I wasn’t going to die!!! I had trained for and ran 5k’s before, but they always felt challenging. Please, do not take this to mean that I enjoyed the treadmill because I swear to you, I DID NOT! But it was nice to feel progress and that kept me mostly motivated.
When warm weather hit, I got outside, which I enjoyed infinitely more. Something about the fresh air and seeing all the new spring life made running a little bit enjoyable. (I know I couldn’t believe it myself!) By the time race day got here, I had built myself up to running nearly 5 miles. During the last few weeks, life got in the way of my training and I was VERY nervous of the fact that I had not run the distance I was about to run with 2,000 other people. I mean, who wants to fail in front of 2,000 people. What if I didn’t finish? I had told so many people I was going to do it, what if I didn’t train enough, how would I tell people I had failed? Lucky for me, my family and friends were all cheering me on and filling me with positive thoughts. Crystal assured me that it would be great and if I ended up needing to walk the whole thing, it would still be a good bit of activity for a Sunday morning.
On race day I got to Crystal’s house nice and early to catch a ride. Her husband’s mom had set up a ride for us all. I climbed in the truck with Crystal, her mother-in-law, husband’s aunt and their family friend. My nerves sky-rocketed. They are all runners, like real ones, like the family friend is training for the Marine Corps Marathon and I had never even run a full 5 miles. But they were all very kind and kept the mood light. Crystal hung back with me and ran at my slower pace. We joked about the coffee and doughnut shops we passed and how we would stop, but they were across the street and that would require too much effort. Y’all we passed like 10 places for coffee and didn’t stop once, that in itself is a win! (Don’t worry, we got coffee when we were done). I will admit she lied to be a little about there being no hills, there were a few little ones, and one big one but overall it was a great course. There were people cheering us on along the way which was really sweet and helpful! The course was a nice straight line so no way to get lost! When Crystal told me she saw the 6 mile marker I couldn’t believe it! I had nearly done it!
We crossed the finish line about an hour and 12 minutes later, slow for most, but man was it great for me! I mean it is my very own PR haha! I won’t lie, I got a little emotional at the finish line. When I signed up I really wasn’t sure I could do it, and in the car that morning I was sure I couldn’t so when I did, it seemed like a really big deal!! I am actually very proud of myself, who knows maybe one day I’ll take on a bigger race…maybe…if i have another temporary lapse in judgment haha!
We often don’t take the time to be proud of our own accomplishments and really, we should. What have you done lately that you are proud of?
Peace and Love,