So, I get to scratch something else from my bucket list. For you hard core protein eating, muscle-building athletes that can run a 5K in 15 minutes….Ummm this isn’t for you, but for those of you carb-loving, inconsistent gym rats like myself, I’m sure you can relate. I ran 3.1 miles…YAY ME!!! Yeah, my time sucked, but I am a real-life story of someone who went from Couch to 5K.
When I was in Philly, I wanted to run the Broad Street Run, but then I fractured my foot. So, naturally I was bummed and put the whole “running thing” on the back burner for about 3 years. I figured it was time to re-visit the idea. Besides, I think I’ve “liked” every runner page on Facebook, subscribed to every Runner’s email newsletter and basically, it was about time I joined them!
Since a lot of my friends (real life and social media) got the memo that “Healthy is the new Sexy”, I’m inundated with pics of awesome looking 30 and 40 somethings doing Iron Man (I know right?), FULL marathon runners and triathletes, I felt lots of support from them all as I embarked on this challenge to not only run three miles but to not cause a scene by needing emergency personnel to come and rescue me by mile marker 2.
I have so many people to thank for their encouragement and kick-ass accountability which helped me get to the point of crossing the finish line. First off, a HUGE “thank you” to my blogger friend Brandi, from Mama Knows It All, who simply shared an app on Facebook called Couch to 5K and the rest is history! Thanks Chica!
Another GINORMOUS “Thank you” Black Girls Run NYC, Oh my Goodness!!! This group of ladies are a force to be reckoned with. I. HEART. THEM!!!! They are tireless cheerleaders that have virtual and literal bullhorns cheering you along every step of the way! If you’re interested in running, check them out. There may be a group or groups in your area. Having running buddies and accountability is a major key to success and this group has what it takes!
To my Moms of my Jack and Jill of America, Inc. – one in particular who ran with me. You may remember her from a previous interview….THANK YOU!
Lastly, to my immediately family…THANK YOU!!!!!! Thanks to my hubby that put up with me during my roller coaster training and to my kids who had pom-poms and screams loud enough to break glass, “GO MOMMY!! GO MOMMY!!” It was a fun and great experience that I will never forget.
I’ve been bitten by the “Runners Bug”, as I have registered for another run in less than 3 weeks from now. I’m super excited that I completed my first race with incident or injury and I”m looking forward to many more!