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.