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Looking back + looking forward

I’ve been putting off buying new running shoes for a while. I love shoes and I’m not sure why I’ve been procrastinating this task. I currently have two pairs of running shoes (the same style — but one is almost 9 months old and the other 5) and a pair I use for strength training. I’m getting rid of the 9 month old and getting a new pair to start training for a mini-marathon in November. (I’ve gone crazy if you can’t tell!)

I’m not really one to hold onto things for sentimental value, but I’ve been having a hard time parting with this pair of Brooks. I bought these in September as I got started. These shoes have seen over 1,000 miles. They’ve seen a lot of blood, sweat, and tears along the way. OK, maybe no blood but definitely a lot of the other two. And so instead of holding onto them, I decided to take a picture of what’s left of them.

During the 10-miler my friend Christina kept encouraging me to think about how far I’ve come more often, and to more or less not to brush it off as not being a big deal. It is a big deal. When I began, I could barely run a few feet without having to stop, 9 months later I can run a lot further, have completed a 5K, 10K, and 10-miler, (people congratulate me on this and often I’m quick to say “Oh, I walked most of it” — see?) and in 6 months I can say I completed a mini-marathon. I’ve also been more active at the gym in terms of more than just going there to workout. I joined their Relay for Life time last month and walked in the wees hours of the morning for the team, and most recently completed a 6-week TRX class.

Honestly, this whole experience has changed my life. I still have a ways to go, but if this is how I feel just 9-months in, what will I feel like years down the road? My outlook on life has changed, I feel like I can take on whatever comes at me, and most of all, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and I’d like to think it’s showing. :D

Races

10-miler completed .. what’s next?

I have my game face on now! lol Photo: Chris Watson

A little over a week ago, I completed the final race of the Louisville Triple Crown; the 10-miler. When I first signed up for this race, I hadn’t given thought to doing the other two races (the 5K and 10K), in retrospect, I am thankful I did. I would not have been prepared for what I was getting myself into.

I was super excited the week of the race, and I might have overtrained a little bit in a fit of excitement. I took the Thursday and Friday before the race off in prep for Saturday. This 10-miler was the biggest challenge I have ever faced physically but I was ready!

Saturday morning came… I felt I had started out strong, but it seemed like I was losing steam through parts of the race, especially through Iroquois Park. My friend Christina stayed by my side throughout the entire race, and I am super thankful for that.

Around mile seven, I was ready for the race to be over. I have walked about 10 miles in the span of a day, but only got up to about 7 miles at one time, and so my body was wondering what I was doing to it. My friend Tim, who wasn’t officially participating in the race, met up with us, and finished the last three miles with us. It was such a pleasant surprise to see him and gave me the strength to finish strong.

As we entered the final lap of the 10-miler, my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces greeted us as we entered the stadium. And as we were coming around to the finish line, I saw a beautiful Canon L lens pointed at us from the bleachers. It was my friend Chris, who also completed the Triple Crown and rocked it, he was peeking out from behind his camera and smiling. As we crossed the finish line, my friend Nick was waiting with his camera, too. I am so thankful for supportive friends who came out or waited for us after the race.

By the end of the week, I had completed almost 50 miles; my best week yet! I felt a little sad after it was all over. I don’t really know what’s next for me. I know I’m doing the Color Run in July. I think by then I would be able to run the full 3.1 miles. We’ll see…

Races

My first 5K

I decided not long after posting about the Papa John’s 10-miler that I would go ahead and do the Anthem 5K and Rodes City Run 10K that lead up to that race. It would be extra training for the 10-miler if nothing else.

The race was set to begin at 8am on Saturday, so I left home around 5:30am. Leaving the house, I was pretty sure I would never do this again after this month. Getting up at 5am on a Saturday seems so unnatural. I quickly got over it once we got there. The atmosphere was nice, lots of runners warming up in the street. Jamie and I walked around a little bit to keep warm while we waited for Christina.

Being that this was my first race, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After crossing the start line, Christina started weaving in between people to get ahead and actually have room to move. It was fun having to jog in between people to keep up with her. We didn’t do any running through the race, but jogged toward the end and across the finish line. I didn’t get to catch up with other friends running in the race (Chris, Corey, and Karen) but it was nice sharing the road with them.

Even though a 5K isn’t a big deal to most, it was a big deal to me crossing that finish line. I felt so accomplished, especially having burned about 700 calories during the race. I’ve never been an athletic person, and it feels nice having these races to look forward to. It’s one more step in the right direction.

After the race, I headed to Whole Foods and picked up a few things. I don’t try to reward myself with food anymore, but I did pick up a fruit tart to indulge in later in the day. I think I deserved it, and it was mostly fruit. :)

I am so appreciative to Jamie and Christina, and friends who sent messages before and after the race. I really don’t think I would’ve made it this far on my own without their support.

Races

Big news!

On my other blog I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the end of 2012. I put “do a 5K” as a goal to work toward, but I wasn’t sure how much training I’d realistically do to run for 3.1 miles. I know I could walk it, but I can walk 5K fairly easy, and I do it on a regular basis, so that doesn’t sound very challenging.

My (wonderful) fitness buddy Christina sent me a text the other morning saying she was planning to do the Papa Johns 10-miler, and due to an injury she’d probably have to walk it, and asked me to join her. I’ve always looked up to her and her determination, so if she thinks I can do something, I’ll do it. (Maybe I shouldn’t let her know this! lol) So, I registered and I’m officially doing the Papa Johns 10-miler at the end of March(!)

I guess I should be walking now more than ever. Since joining the gym as a result of the weather getting cold, my walking has definitely fallen by the wayside. I’m hoping how much training I’ve been doing at the gym will make it easier to do the 10 miles than if I was just training by walking alone. I’ve done about 6-7 miles at one time through the park we’re going through; the particular loop we’re going through is only 3 miles and the rest of the course seems fairly flat. I hope with that it won’t be too hard on my body. I mean, if I can do 6-7 miles at once, what’s 3-4 more miles? I say that now…

I’m really excited about this and I’m happy to have supportive people who believe me. :)