I am blessed with wonderful friends, family and a great job. However, when these groups combine forces around the holidays it equals a huge eating struggle for me. I can’t count the number of “holiday treats” I’ve been offered and parties I’ve been to in the past two weeks. The holidays aren’t exactly the ideal time for exercise, but it certainly is good motivation. I’m trying to keep myself especially on track because I have my first wedding dress fitting in about a week.
A good friend of mine (and one of my Bridesmaids) has recently been bitten by the running bug. With her as a motivator and influencer, I signed up to run my first 5k on January 3rd. I figure it will get me through the holidays and help me start the new year off on the right foot. (Literally?) So, I have been scrambling to get my running ability up to par.
A 5k has been a long standing “goal” of mine. But I’ve never signed up for one until now and I think that has been my stumbling block. I would start “training” and say I would sign up for the race when I knew I could do it, or when my times got better, etc. etc. Needless to say, I never had a reason to really make it happen. Signing up for this 5k was the commitment I needed.
A week and a half ago, I ran 1.25 miles. It was a struggle. Last Tuesday, I ran 2.25 miles — a gain that astounded me. Then, I took a little break. There are plenty of excuses, but the truth is that I just didn’t run for five days. I hope that doesn’t come back to bite me. My motivational running friend ran her first 10k today (in the rain and the cold, without any music for most of it). With that, I realized that I really had no excuse. I need to get ready for this 5k so that I’m not holding her back. And, I need to get ready for this 5k for me — I want to run it and I want to do it under 35 minutes.
I ran a “circuit” today — 1.5 miles running, a .25 mile walking break and then another 1 mile running. My time for a 5k was just over 35 minutes. I think that if I can eliminate the walking and actually run straight through then I can definitely do it under 35.
Run today: check. My next goal is 2.5 miles straight on Tuesday.