Wednesday, March 2, 2011

5K

Today was the day that I was dreading going to the gym.  I just couldn’t get excited about going.  I just didn’t want to!

After much self debating, I figured I would go to the natatorium.  Swim a couple of laps, tread some water-basically anything but getting on the treadmill or elliptical.  But then the little one went to bed a little late.  It was 8:00 by the time she fell asleep, and I wasn’t dressed and ready to go until 8:15.  By the time I would get there I would only have 30 minutes, and I didn’t want to be rushed.  Best laid plans, right?

Grace Kelly was there already going through the training exercises after warming up with a 20 minute treadmill run.  After checking in with her, I went over to tackle a run myself.  My friend, Terrié, inspired me to use the 5K Loop button.  As much as I told myself I was not going to jog today, I hit the 5K Loop and got started, figuring I would walk what I could not run.  Kelly came and chanted positive messages before she left.  (Thanks, Kelly!) So I kept going, wanting to quit every 5 minutes-seriously! But I knew I could do 1.9 miles because I had done it before, so I pushed myself to do at least 2 of the 3.1 miles.

I got to 2 and kept going.  Then something weird happened.  Something switched, and for every ounce of me that wanted to quit, there was another part, a bigger part, telling me to keep going.  And then I wanted to finish it.  I wanted to imagine crossing a finish line.  I wanted to see the workout summary and know that I didn’t stop!

And I did it!  I even picked up the pace to 4 mph for the last .10 mile!  I think I let out a little chuckle when I saw the treadmill say it was time to cool down.  This time, I did walk the 2 minute cool down.
I texted my husband, my sister, and Kelly this picture with the message, “I just completed my first 5K.  I want to cry!”  My sister texted me back right away and said she was so proud of me.  And then I did cry.  Right there in the middle of the gym.  Luckily, my face was already beet red and no one could tell if they were paying attention.  =)

So I did it!  It took me almost an  hour, but then again – I jogged for almost an hour!  It’s a win-win!  My sister is calling me WP-Warrior Princess!  I think after tonight, it’s a title I’ll keep!

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