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!