This past Saturday I did my first 5 k run. This was an organized run, it was a fundraising event to raise money for Ethopians to have clean water.
I found that after Australia that my motivation was waning and I needed something to keep me running. I usually run anywhere from 3-4 kms during my 30min runs. So this was a stretch but not a huge stretch.
On the Monday before I got up early and did a full 5k with a big hill, just to make sure I could do it. Then I just took it easy. I was planning on doing another run but the weather wasn't the greatest and I thought my run was on a Sunday. Turns out that it was Saturday and that threw my schedule off.
I find that I have a huge mental block with running and the mental piece is now my biggest struggle. I am so used to not being a runner and believing that I can't that it takes a lot of mental preparation for me. I was terrified of the run. I can't name my fear exactly but I was afraid.
Saturday morning came and it was a perfect day for a run. The location of the run was along the Bow River in Calgary and it is quite pretty. I was really nervous and tried to focus and get in the game...which is difficult when you are also packing up 3 kids.
Mike and the girls cheered me on and I ran. I had a hard time getting my pace because there were a lot of walkers....and amazingly slower runners! The route was quite narrow at times and I would get stuck behind someone and have a hard time passing.
It still doesn't feel real that I ran in a real race! My time is now my benchmark and I can't wait to beat it during the next run.