I have a ridiculous ability to talk myself out of doing things, and exercise was always one of them.
if you wish, read the back story on this idea. here.
Training for a 5k was so far out of my comfort zone that Dan and I chuckled a lot in back in March when I started. I would rather unwillingly drudge to the basement and set the treadmill to a rip roaring 4mph.
As March turned to April and then May I had improved my attitude by leaps and bounds and along with that came this curious actual desire to lace up and jog. A group of my wonderful gal pals and I were committed to running a local 5k, and it was drawing nearer and nearer.
I would have to say one of the funniest things about this journey was while Dan and I were on our anniversary cruise (more on that later). We had such an extreme amount of free time on our hands that we went to the ship's gym and ran on the treadmills. I am not sure I can accurately describe how obsurd this is for ol' Dan and Chelle. Any other vacation you'll likely find Dan camped out at the ice cream machine or midnight buffet and me at ... well, the swim up bar or ordering room service. So, you see, the ship's gym was unchartered territory. With the 5k looming I had to knock off a couple runs on vacay as to not fall too far behind.
All of a sudden it was race day. I was more nervous about Dan's abilities that day since he hadn't trained a lick. I figured I would be good to go.
What followed was a butt kicking. His kicking mine- in regard to finishing times.
But that's OK. I took great delight in experiencing something completely new. There was SO much I learned in that race. Things to do differently, ways to push myself harder, and ultimately the sense of accomplishment of a personal goal.
i could not have done this without the encouragement from so many and I honestly thank them for it!
laugh. out. loud.
they also kicked my butt :) Way to get out there and run, Dykstras!
I do look forward to the next 5k. I really, Really need to shave a few minutes off my time!
In the mean time, you might see me running down the street solving the world's problems in my head and (finally) enjoying every step!
a helpful quote I came across today... quite encouraging because oh, my. I experienced both!
"Relish the bad training runs. Without them it's difficult to recognize, much less appreciate the good ones"