Live Like Renee 5k Recap

  
Funny story, while I haven’t been blogging, I also haven’t been running. Coincidence, I think not ;). I did run a 10k+ at the end of May and I will be sharing about that race in a later post.

Since I last wrote, I have simply been busy being a mom and getting in what I can. With school back in session and a 10k on Sunday, I’ve been trying to get back in the swing of things while not getting discouraged.

While I’m not in the same running shape as I was in the past, it is my lack of mental strength that is the most frustrating! Like all muscles, it is slowly coming along and has taken a little tough love; but improvement is improvement.

This next race is the third part of a trilogy and would probably not be happening if I weren’t a crazy person. You can’t run 2 out of 3 – that’s just silly!

While trying to win the mental battle and find miles at any cost, I decided to sign the boys and I up for a local, charity 5k (my husband was traveling for business). The course is beautiful and one I run often, so it seemed like a good idea.

While my friends and I have been trying to figure out how in the world we are going to run our distances next weekend, we brought it back to basics and the reliable run/walk method. Right where I started with the run for 2 minutes, walk for 1 minute system from Jeff Galloway.

I figured I would apply the method to the 5k and see how it felt. Our youngest wound up spectating as his asthma was acting up, but the oldest and I went to the starting line feeling a little underprepared.

The oldest bolted from the start and I set into my 2/1 system right away. It worked like a charm. Not only did it keep me in a good routine, but the time flew! I wasn’t thinking about anything other than counting down to the next walk/run interval. In the end, I finished with an 11 minute pace all the way through. Certainly not speedy, but not that far off from my usual time. 

 Our oldest was a little disappointed with his time (29:34 – still 5 minutes ahead of me) as he went out too fast, but he was happy to have done it and wants to train more in the future.

Sometimes I can’t believe that I can go out and tackle a 5k without a lot of preparation. Struggling through my first mile seems like yesterday and a million years ago at once. 

The running bug is coming back strong! My legs are feeling pretty good and I love running with my friends! Of course, we’ll see how next week goes – yikes!

  

Viva 5K! Becoming comfortably uncomfortable

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Today was our second race and our first 5K. Thankfully, it was not as hot and humid as the last few days. The first race was so much fun, I was a little nervous that this one would be a disappointment. Luckily, I was wrong.

I hadn’t run outside since the last race and we didn’t know the course. We left the house a little early so we could drive the course and get a feel for it. Once we were registered and had our numbers, I began to feel less nervous. We saw some familiar faces and the nerves were mostly gone.

A few people ran with me for short distances. I am still slow and need to walk from time to time. They went along when I needed to walk and regroup. While I wanted to keep up, it was nice to see different faces. It definitely helped the race go by faster.

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Running continues to teach me how to worry about myself and not compete with others. I am extremely competitive and have shied away from running as a result. I (like many people) don’t like doing things I’m not good at. This is magnified by the fact people assume I’m faster than I am. Along my journey, I have become strangely comfortable in my ability (or lack thereof).

I can’t say enough about the support of my husband, kids, parents and friends. I have also found support among runners here and on twitter and Facebook. Support doesn’t always come from the people you expect but it is amazing to find. The Internet allows us to cheer each other on over long distances and nearby.

This adventure began as a way to get out of my comfort zone and I have become comfortably uncomfortable!