OMG, I ran a 5k!

11 Mar

So a couple weeks ago I broke my silence and officially tagged myself as a runner. This was a hard thing for me to do because I wasn’t just setting myself up to fail for me, but for all my friends who read the post as well. I don’t like failing, especially when I’ve spent so much time ranting about my new endeavor so much.

Good thing I killed it at my 5k this weekend!

You heard me right, I killed it. I ran the full 3.1 miles without stopping, dying, puking or punching my trainer (who paced me the whole time and helped me cross that finish line).

The week leading up to this joyous event happened to be one of the more interesting ones in present memory. It started out with Chris and I taking a short 3.1 mile run. I was really hitting my stride, I could feel that we were going faster than usual and I was surprised when I realized it felt good. As we continued on my Nike+ app informed me that my pace was 9:34/mile, now this may not seem like much to the seasoned runner, but to me that meant a full 30 seconds faster than I had ever gone before. Now, could I keep it up? Yep. Chris and I finished the 5k distance in just under 30 minutes, a new record for both of us. Victory!

The next day it was in the 50’s and I left work an hour early to take advantage of the day light and warmer temps. Chris and I decided to try for a longer run since the weather allowed and we had daylight on our side. By the time we finished our run we had completed 6 miles, the longest single distance we had ever completed. Victory!

Then the walls came crashing down. My best friend’s grandfather was slipping fast (not even a week after we had brought him home from the hospital). I threw my yoga class out the window and put myself at her disposal. He sadly passed away on Friday. That day was a long one and I found myself wanting to cope by running, so while she napped I ran. I ran hard, then I just stopped, right there on the path around Lake Harriet at sunset. I stopped and I cried, harder than I have in a long time.

I cried for Amber and her family. I cried because I witnessed someone’s last breath. I cried because I thought about my own mother. I just cried. I had no idea I needed to, but after I did the running came easier.

The next morning was my 5k. I’d been out too late the night before with Amber drinking blackberry brandy because it was Grandpa Jerry’s favorite. I woke up thinking the race was going to be hard, but I pushed that aside and set an easily attainable goal. I wanted to finish in under 31 minutes. This goal would mean I could run at my normal “slower” pace and still complete it. I set the bar low, I couldn’t deal with failure.

Jenny being the good trainer that she is somehow knew I was in my head, so as the race was about to begin she pulled me to the start of the pack with her and said she was pacing me, yikes. She pushed me through the whole race, even when I thought she had more faith in me than I did. When I wanted to stop and walk she told me “this wasn’t intervals, that’s why they called it a race” (she’s right). When I thought the last mile was too much she said, “at most there’s 10 minutes left, in 10 minutes you’ll be done” (she was right). I kept pushing, and I crossed the finish line 27:40 after I started (8:55/mile), and I cried again.

This time they were tears of joy, and while there is still lots of work ahead of me before I’m a runner to be reckoned with, I know I can do it. I can do anything.

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2 Responses to “OMG, I ran a 5k!”

  1. meghanwilker March 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    It was an honor to be with you on the day that you kicked ass! It’s inspiring to see you become an athlete.

    Also, is it just me, or do we look like sisters in the “after” picture?

    • viralmuse March 12, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      We do look like sisters, however I look nothing like your actual sister.

      Thanks for inspiring me to run, it pretty much started with you.

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