The Results Are In
Monday, August 23, 2010
Finally, the racing people (not sure what they are called) posted the results from the 5K that I ran in on Saturday. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had two goals:
1. To not be last.
2. To beat 45 minutes.
Now I know most people would probably have more advantageous goals, but for me, these goals were perfect.
I have never ever been athletic. Let's see, as a kid, I was a cheerleader for a while. But I wasn't very good because I was always a bit chunky. Also, I just could never do any tumbling and you get to a point where that is required (I think it is required from the beginning now!). I cheered because there weren't any "all-girls" sports teams around when I was young. My dad refused to let me play sports with boys, so I was stuck with cheering (not that there is anything wrong with cheering...it just wasn't for me).
Was I a lazy kid? Maybe...but probably not as lazy as kids these days (didn't have the electronics that exist today). I would say that I wasn't overly active. I just didn't do much! Fast forward to high school. We were required to have gym class during our Freshman year only. Gym class was such a joke! The only thing "real" that I remember was that we all had to run 1 mile. We trained for weeks. When the time came to be timed, our teacher let the girls run the straight parts of the track and walk the curves if we wanted. I was so excited about this because I couldn't run a mile! Seriously, I was 14 years old and I couldn't even train to run. Ugh...I guess the desire really wasn't there either.
As an adult, I have been pretty much like other adults I know. Most of my work time is spent either at my desk or in my car. I do have kids, and we take walks and stuff, but its not like we are out there moving a lot! I feel like life is so hard that I often reward myself with sitting on my rear relaxing.
Earlier this spring, when I finally realized that I had gained a ton of weight and that it was time to stop feeling sorry for myself, I started using the Wii Fit for exercise. I quickly realized that I wasn't going to get big results that way, so I purchased Wii EA Sports Active. I very slowly went through the 30 day challenge (i.e. took more than 30 days) and got super bored working out inside, in front of the tv. I started getting up EARLY in the morning to do all of this, because I have small kiddos. So when the weather started to cooperate, I decided to spend some mornings outside walking. Immediately, I knew that my exercise routine needed to be outside. I loved it!
After a few weeks of walking, I remembered a program that I had heard of called the Couch to 5K program. Hmmmm...becoming a runner sounded intriguing to me. I loved the idea. But could I really run? (Remember, I couldn't even manage to do it when I was 14 and I had NOTHING else to do!)
So, I purchased the C25K app for my iPhone, put together a good playlist (well, probably kinda lame, but I'm so not a music person!) and I decided to start.
That first week...running intervals of 60 second runs and 90 seconds walks was so tiring. I thought that the 60 seconds spent running felt like they went on FOREVER. But I perservered. I wanted to finally do something athletic. I wanted to be a runner.
I told myself that I could repeat a week if necessary. I wanted to do whatever I could to prevent failure. But amazingly, I didn't have to repeat! I kept moving foward - slow and steady (and I was S-L-O-W). I remember the dreaded Week 5 Day 3 run (20 minutes STRAIGHT). I was terrified. But I ate great the day before, drank plenty of fluid the day before and got a great night's sleep. And I DID it!!!
So, the C25K program worked for me! It literally took me from being normal (i.e. no activity) to being a runner (and now that I've ran a race, I will consider myself to be a runner). I am still amazed that I did that whole program. While I wanted to do it, I kind of assumed that it would get to be too hard and I would quit. But I didn't!!!
Wow...boy did I get off track. What was I talking about anyway? Oh yes, my original race goals and why they weren't as substantial as they may be for others. Well, my goals were perfect for me because just the fact that I was there...at a race...running...I had already done so much more than I ever thought I would do. It really didn't matter if I had to crawl over the finish line...I did it! I was a runner :)
Oh, and my time was 39 minutes 52 seconds. I know, not great for most. But FABULOUS for me!!!