Let me make this clear. I am not a runner. I have never been one who runs. I used to joke that, in order to run, I would need some motivation… Like a crazed psychotic clown chasing me with a meat cleaver.
Yet, somehow, I landed on running. Not only that… but I wanted to do some distance running. (Wha??) And enter in 5K races. (Whaaaaa?)
I started my decent into madness by downloading a Coach to 5K App… 9 weeks, how hard could it be? Not too bad, actually. I thought it was all pretty easy. It took me a couple repeats to get the 25 minute run down, but I did it. I won’t say I enjoyed any part of it. But I did complete each workout. At first, oldest son Emery would run along with me. But he went on a trip to London for a couple weeks, and when he came back, he complained that he was out-of-shape and waaaah waaaaah waaaaaah. (He might have been forming actual words, but I couldn’t make them out through all the whining.)
I vary my routine a bit around town to keep my interest up. One thing I have found is that I am not a good treadmill runner. I do own a treadmill (and an elliptical). But honestly, I find them quite boring and I will lose interest and just give up. I am thinking these will be a winter training option for me when it gets too cold for me to run outside. (I really don’t like the feeling of cold air in my lungs and being that I live in Kansas… that will be an issue shortly).
My BIG goal (note the underlining + bolding there) is to do the Warrior Dash next year. I went ahead and signed up just to force myself to keep with it. (This is nuts, why am I trying to do this?) But before I can run and leap over FIRE (again with the underlining + bolding), I needed something a bit less daunting. (Maybe I am making too big a deal out of it, but at the last Warrior Dash, runners in Kansas City died. I needed my first official 5K event to be something less intimidating. I chose the Color Run for my first event. This Saturday, I will be running around Lawrence, Kansas getting pelted with colorful powder and trying to RUN the entire time.
My training hasn’t been as hardcore as most people would do. I had some illnesses that derailed me a bit. But I stuck with it. Not enjoying a minute of it. At all. Most nights, I would force myself to run and just really hated it the entire time. Only when I was out of the shower and getting a rest did I think, “Oh, that felt GOOD.” Miraculously, last night, for the first time ever did I think during the run, “Hey, this feels good!” I could have kept going after the time was up, but decided not to push it since I have an event this weekend.
In a few more weeks, I will be actually competing in a race and not just a fun run. I entered the Maple Leaf Run, a 5K even during our town’s annual Maple Leaf Festival. I am not looking to place. I just hope to run the entire time. Not finishing dead last would be a bonus.
Anyway… Maybe I will share some of my progress as I work my way along. I recently had the thought (!!!!) of trying a 10K (wha????) and actually downloaded the 5K to 10K Training App (wha????????). Oh my.