For 2 months, I have been training using the C25K program. It's a wonderful program that slowly transforms you from out couch potato to a 5K runner.
There were days I certainly had my doubts that I was going to make it. But, on May 5th, I ran my first 5K. I was nervous when I got there, but met up with some friends at the start line, which helped to calm my nerves a bit.
I won't lie--it was tough. My training runs had all been on relatively flat ground, and this course was rather hilly. Hubby and the girls were waiting for me just past the top of the first hill and screamed out to me.
As we were huffing and puffing uphill past the 1 mile sign, a woman running next to me pointed at it and said, "I hate that freaking thing!". That made me smile.
We made it to the turn-around on a cul de sac, and one of the friends I had started with was just coming out as I was headed in and she called out to me. That helped get me through yet another hill. Thankfully, at the top of that little hill was the water station that another friend of mine was volunteering at. It was awesome to have so much support along the way!
After that, it was mainly downhill--except for the last little hill just before turning into the park for the final stretch. I was still running, and was able to sprint to the finish. Hubby and the girls were there waiting for me.
I am signed up for 3 more races this spring/summer. Thinking about trying to find a 10K for fall. And, of course, I have my heart set on the Disney Princess Half Marathon. But, probably not until Feb. 2014. One step at a time.
Mini Me ran the 1/4 mile race for her age group. It was a great day and I can't wait for my next race--Beer at the finish line? Oh yeah!