Tuesday, February 01, 2011

5k Tuesday


A LONG time ago I posted about beginning the "Couch to 5 K" program. At the time I was doubtful and, honestly, not really looking forward to doing the whole running thing. I could jog 3-5 minutes then have to walk and dreaded the next jogging interval. I stuck with it though! If you are not a "runner" then don't tune out just yet...

Within 2 weeks I could feel my body changing and my ability to strengthen actually happening! Short 3-5 minute jogging intervals began to turn into 7-9 minutes intervals and there were times that I didn't even want to stop, even going uphill. I am amazed by the human body on so many levels.

I have survived two serious car accidents (neither time was I wearing a seat belt), recovered from several surgeries, given birth, gained weight, lost the weight, and am now running an average of 9 miles a week. I have never felt better, both in body and in spirit.

At the end of January I participated in my first 5k race in Prattville. It was a beautiful yet COLD day. I ran the first 16 minutes and needed to slow down the middle part of the race by going back to intervals. I managed to run the final mile and cross the finish line in under 38 minutes. As cliche as it sounds it really was the most gratifying to participate and finish rather than win.
As I got closer to the tape I look over and saw my prize: the man of my dreams and beautiful babies cheering for "Mommy."


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11 comments:

Laurel said...

Congrats Laura! I remember when I ran my first 10K with only one rule and that was never to walk...but to run, no matter how slow, no matter how long it took...and I have NEVER felt more strong than I did when I finished that race. The thrill really is empowering! Kudos to you.

You'll love "I Run For the Party"...each of them are truly "fun runs"!

Catie Murphy said...

Go Laura! I am so proud of you!!!
It was so nice to see you over Christmas! Way to go!

maughry said...

CONGRATS Laura!! That's really exciting. It really is amazing what training can do for your body in such a short time. I think that's one of the things I love about watching the biggest loser transformations. I've been shocked that in just one month of this half marathon training, my brother and I have gotten up to being able to run between 9 & 10 miles at once. That was unfathomable to me a month ago when we first signed up. It's really true when they say it only takes 9 weeks to train your body for this stuff.

I told Lane you did your first 5K and I think that helped motivate him to sign up for the run with us in March. I'm gonna get him hooked and make him do all kinds of runs with me this year! They have one just about every weekend in ATL.

maughry said...

also, here's a good running post

http://www.allyspotts.com/?p=2410

The Bean said...

That is so awesome! I know this was a month ago but Congrats!!!! I am working on my training as well, going hard 5 days a week and giving myself the weekend to rest. I ran nearly 15 miles last week and am down 3 lbs in that week! Keep it up!

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Elise said...

What a nice post! :D

B said...

I stumbled across your blog and am so glad I did. I've been considering a 5K, too!

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