Monday, June 2, 2008

The Wait is Over!

So, I finished my first 5K yesterday afternoon and only now am beginning to feel the effects wear off. The effects were all good! I have been so pleased with myself it's almost unbelievable - I mean, I didn't cure any diseases or anything!

It was a very good thing for me to do. I hated every step, but loved the thought of it even as I plodded up this 5K's answer to a treeless Heartbreak Hill in 80 degree weather. My time? Well...that's not really important, is it? Okay...now remember, until a scant 3 weeks ago, the furthest I had run was to my car in a rainstorm...37 minutes and 30 seconds. That's pert near 5 mph. In my defense, I was in the back of the crowd (obviously) when it started and had to run very, very slowly (even by my standards) before there was any running room to set your own pace (at least 3 minutes).

Did I mention the hills?
I did, huh?

How about the heat?
Yup, mentioned that too.

Oh well, it was fun to start and finish with a bunch of my friends from high school. Our new motto is Triumph Over Inertia! We're getting jerseys. I'll be sure to add the link to the blog. Other shirt slogan contenders are No One Passed Out! and, I run because...shit, now I forget why. That's a special order for middle-aged women.

Also, since I've been chatting about it all day on a few lists I belong to, I think I'm getting some other people interested in doing a few in the summer, and another in the fall too! I guess they figure, "If she can do it, I can do it". I'm glad my former couch potato status could be such an inspiration to others.

Did I mention the free beer and sprinklers at the end? Clearly, I am easily amused.

5 comments:

Stephen Bourque said...

Hooray! I'm very proud of you!

Kim said...

You did it! What a sense of accomplishment you must have. Great job.

LB said...

Oddly, I do feel a sense of accomplishment. But the best part is that even though it's over, I ran again tonight! 3 miles. Still - it's not getting any easier and I thought it would by now. Oh well. As long as I keep trying to improve.

Thanks for the congratulations.

Kim said...

I hope you keep up with it long enough to find out if that 'runner's rush' story is true. I (jokingly) think it's probably because they are light headed from depleted their entire body of oxygen (in which case there are other ways to get that effect). So tell me when you get to the point those endorphins kick in.

LB said...

No endorphins yet - unless those make you hungry because I've got one gigantic and constant appetite!