Thursday, September 18, 2008
I decided I needed a different kind of a goal so at the beginning of the summer I decided to pick up running. For those of you that know me well, you know that I believe the only time you should run is if someone is chasing you. That being said I decided to train for a 5 k. I have several friends who have done this recently. Anyway, I was off to a pretty good start for the summer and really felt like I was making progress until I attempted to Wake Board while up visiting Jeff & Anne (Mike's and Sister-in-law) at their lake house this summer. I say attempted because I was not very successful and in the process injured my hamstring. However, I was determined to continue my training for the 5k unfortunately I had to regress a little bit with my running. The week before my first race I thought I'd push myself and see how far I could run. I was able to run 19 mins straight without walking not what it would take to finish the race but I figured I'd be able to run most of it and walk a little bit. Not exactly what I'd originally planned but I was okay with it and had decided I'd try and run the whole race the next time. Well, the night before the race Addie and Lysie prayed that I would win the race. There is no way mommy is winning any race is what I wanted to tell them and talked to Mike that night about it. He's take was that my "winning the race" would be running the whole thing without taking any walking breaks. I was skeptical but felt challenged to try. I told my friend Christa the morning of the race that I was going to try to run the whole thing. She had to run slower to keep pace with me and kept encouraging me the whole way. I don't think I could have done it without her but I did. On August 16th, I achieved my goal and finished my first 5k. Now I'm training for my second. I'll definitely be running another one in November and possible October as well. Below are some pictures of us running and crossing the finish line at the exact same time.