Sunday, March 13, 2011

My 5K all the way!

A couple of runners I trailed for the
first mile and passed during the second!
This weekend I embarked on a new personal quest.  Now, I've always been envious of runners.  Their endurance has always baffled me, how they kept on going when I was sure to throw up within the first 100 feet.  Well, since October of this past year our family has taken on the challenge of becoming healthier.  I have lost 42 lbs and Robin has lost 15, and Jenna has fallen in love with soccer and hiking!  As I have been doing cardio exercise, weight training and have adopted a healthier diet I have been looking for new outdoor adventures to pursue.  One of my Facebook friends had posted a picture of her having finished a 5K race.  I had been thinking of jogging for exercise, since the elliptical can get old at times.  Then I began to question if I too could actually finish a 5K race.  I haven't run a single mile since I was a freshman in high school.  Even then I threw up.  I am in good shape, but would I have the endurance to run the race without stopping out of exhaustion?  I became determined to find out...and to find out how many miles were in 5K!  Ha! (3.1 miles incidentally)

During registration.

Just before March, my wife posted on Facebook regarding a 5K race/walk that was benefiting the children shelter she works for.  That would give me nearly 2 weeks to train for the 5K, but I was doubtful I could train enough for it but I would see how things progressed.  Starting out, it was hard, very hard.  The muscle soreness was terrible after the first 5K I ran around the track close to my house. I wasn't expecting that, given the amount of time I have spent on the elliptical, but these muscles were not use to this abuse. I had to wait 4 days to exercise at all to allow my muscles to heal and recuperate.  I changed my elliptical routine, and then ran 1.5 miles the next time at the track.  My first mile was better, but that last 1/2 mile was really hard.  I was doubtful I could do the 5K.  My third time at the track, I again ran the 5K, stopped only 3 times to walk a little, but my time had vastly improved from the first time I ran!

Next, I did what any true American would do.  I asked my Facebook friends whether I run or walk the 5K Shamrock.  Of course they all said to run it.  So, I did.

Robin and Jenna hanging out before their walk.
I say it was one of the best things I have decided to do since getting in shape.  This run was NOTHING like running the 5K track.  It was completely enjoyable!!  I had no pain, kept a steady pace, never stopped from exhaustion, and the only reason I stopped was because I had to tie my shoes!!  I finished in 00:33:19, which may not be a notable time for many people, but for me, I am extremely proud!!  There were some good hills on this course, and I didn't waiver, I didn't stop, I just kept going and going, and honestly, I think I could have run at least another mile, if not more by the time I was done!

Doing a bit of mouth-breathing after the race :)
I don't know if the fact that I was running with others pushed me along psychologically.  I don't know if it's because I swelled with pride when others that were fifteen years younger than me had to stop on the hills.  I don't know why the race was that much different than the 5K track run.  What I do know is that I am really looking forward to my next 5K race and I hope to continue improving on my time!

Next time however, I'll be sure to double-knot my shoe laces.


  1. For sore muscle recovery: 1 cup plain natural yogurt within 1/2 hour of your run. You can add fruit or whatever to it, but yeah start with plain.

  2. Thanks Steve...I'll give that a try!! Protein is GOOD ;)