Blowing and Going

One of my best friends and I decided we both need to get healthier and stronger so we decided to train for a 5K with the goal of running one in early fall. What better way than to have a goal of running the majority, if not all, of a measly 3.1 miles? So, we have 3 months to train, starting slowly and building up our endurance. Personally, I will be happy to finish a little better than my last 5K of approximately 43 minutes (20+ years ago). I’ve never been a fast runner. A couple of weeks ago, after being fairly sedentary except for going for 40- to 50-minute walks a couple of times a week, I decided to actually take action and break out into a trot. I was pleasantly surprised to find I could jog without too much suffering longer than I ever imagined. Since I blocked running and all the negativity I had for the activity by not actually running for 20 years, I had a better attitude towards trying this little sampling of physical exertion.
After telling my friend, Sandra, that I think we could do this with adequate prep time, we decided to run the 5K associated with the Plano Balloon Festival on Sunday, September 21. The balloon festival is very close to my house and will be a unique and colorful way to start our race morning: watching the balloons fire up and lift off at the break of day. Maybe we will be inspired to fire up and lift off by entering more 5Ks to keep us moving.
After just a week of intermittent walking, jogging, and sprinting, I am happy to report I already feel stronger and the time around my 3-mile course at a local park has already improved. I have had a few Advil moments–first my calves, then my hamstrings, and now my gluts, but the feeling that I am actually taking action is great.
–Pigasus will be at the balloonfest!
Coinciding with my healthy new exercising is a challenge at work put together by one of my healthy and already running and doing 10Ks and half marathons coworker, Donna. There’s a preponderance of already running and healthy coworkers in their 30’s and 40’s at my work. (I am in the next higher decade.) Donna sent out an email last week and if we contribute $30 the participant that loses the most weight by percent can win the pot and the second place participant can win back the entry fee. About 20 coworkers signed up for this very motivating competition! One of the weeks I will be traveling, so this will be very challenging, but I am really motivated to do the best I can. Wish me luck. Just to be accountable I am posting a before pic, something I really have never pondered EVER doing. Maybe posting this will further inspire me in my new healthy endeavors.

  4 comments for “Blowing and Going

  1. June 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    How wonderful. My husband and I used to do 5K around holidays (4th of July, Christmas). He ran all the way. I ran/jogged/walked/sometimes almost crawled, but made it to the finish line each time. Yes, this will inspire you, I’m sure.
    Congrats to you. Looking good.

  2. June 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Thanks, Silvia!! My goal is to run/jog the whole 5K, but I will be happy to walk or crawl. 😉 Each time I go do the 3 miles, I improve ever so slightly.

  3. June 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    This is hysterical – I had no idea I was doing a 5k every time I went to the gym. I do 3 miles on the treadmill and didn’t know that equaled 5k! And I’m also (always) watching my weight, a la Atkins. So, you’ll be safe in England with me – we’ll each make sure that the other doesn’t binge on forbidden food. Instead of eating, we’ll down the Caffe Neros!

    • June 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      3 miles is 3 miles is 5K!! I will be doing some treadmill work after I get back from a week in Colorado. By that time, it will be too hot for me to run outside for a while. No 100 degree F weather yet here. But it is coming! Yes, I am so looking forward to drinking coffee with you, Kristine!! Notice I did not say “eating.” :-))

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