Last year, not so much. I called myself running the 2010 Labor day 5K with very little training. As a result, I couldn’t run the whole thing, got sick, and was sore for a week. Picture the phrase “stick stuck up her butt” and that was me. After recuperating, I resolved that in 2011, I would try the 5K again and vowed to run/jog the whole thing without walking or stopping.
Initially, I was extremely discouraged. I could barely run 1 minute outdoors without my legs hurting or feeling like my lungs were going to burst out of my chest. However, I still proceeded on. I went to Sound runner, a running store in Branford and picked up some proper running shoes. I started off with the “Couch to 5K plan”
I highly recommend that for anyone who is looking to train for a 5K. Don’t be afraid to repeat weeks in the program if you are not comfortable at that particular week’s running/walking schedule. I had to repeat several weeks initially. However, over time I began to notice progress. As the weeks progressed, I was able to run longer and longer without stopping.
Since I began training in winter, I was running outside initially and then had to switch indoors and use a treadmill. I stopped using the “couch to 5K” program when I was able to run a mile without stopping. I did this because I felt that I would be a better gauge of how far to push myself in the upcoming weeks.
Soon spring came, and I had my feelings hurt when I ran outside again. You see, running on the pavement outside is nothing compared to that on the treadmill. If you do use a treadmill, don’t make the mistake I did and not set the machine at an incline of at least 1 and with a speed of at least 4.5 to 5. I didn’t realize that you are actually running downhill when there is no incline on the treadmill. In addition, you need to run faster on a treadmill because the conveyor belt is helping you move along.
I soon switched from the treadmill to an indoor track and a month before the 2011 labor day 5K, I was running every other day, slowly pushing myself everyday. Two weeks before the race, I made it up to 3 miles on the track. I should have felt confident in my abilities at the time, but still I wasn’t. Because as I stated, nothing is like the pavement. Not even a track. In fact, I had run the Friday before the race and was only able to run one mile and a half.
The night before the race, I got my 5K play list ready:
1. Dancing Queen- ABBA
2. Get Right- JLo
3. Quiet storm- mobb deep (I think that’s the name of the song..lol)
4. Don’t stop the music-Rihanna
5. Gimme More- Britney Spears
6. U don’t have to call- Usher
7. Scandalous-Mis Teeq
8. Sock it to Me–Missy Elliot
9 Imma Be-Black eyed peas
10. Telephone- Lady Gaga
11. Whip my hair- Willow
12. Stronger- Kanye West
13. I’m Doin’ me–Fantasia
14. We Run This–Missy Elliot
15. I’ll Be–JayZ and Foxy Brown
16. Get me bodied—Beyonce
17. Through the wire- Kanye West
18. Alright- Janet Jackson
19. I get around- 2pac
20. Get by- Talib Kweli
21.Tik Tok- Kesha
22. Flashing lights–Kanye West
I also prepared penne with a saffron sauce and pancetta. I originally talked about this dish in my “Cosmo does Tuscan” post. This time I used the pancetta and it came out lovely!
I had a hard time sleeping Sunday night. I doubted myself and I was worried that I wouldn’t finish the race without walking. What if I let myself down? I eventually went to sleep but ended up reminding myself that I trained and I could do this. Walking wasn’t an option.
So this morning, I woke up and read a little of Philippians 3rd chapter. Specifically the 12th-14th verse, which states:
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
I take these verses to mean that I have to let all fears and doubts that I have and let them go. To strive to become the person I am called to be and achieve the things that God has for me. So I shook off my fears, got dressed and resolved to run this race.
I know you can’t see it really, I but I have a running skirt on. They are the best things since sliced bread. Seriously. Running in a running skirt makes you feel so feminine and confident! Plus you don’t have to worry about them riding up like shorts sometimes do. If you are thinking about running, I highly recommend you try one 🙂
Anywho, I digress. My sistah friends/ sorority sisters K and N met me at my house and then we headed to the race. Of course we had to pose for a pic first.
By the time we made it to the New Haven Green, we had about 15 minutes until the race was going to start. I did some stretches and chatted with some other folks that we knew and before I knew it, it was time for the race to begin. I felt the fear rise up, but then I put my iPod on and was enveloped with ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” as I started my run. About a mile in, I felt my legs getting slightly sore, but I pushed forward. By mile 2, I had to talk to myself and tell myself to keep going. That internal discussion went on until I was a little in mile 3, and then the Black eyed peas “Imma be” came on. That song gave me the pep to finish the race with a smile. I felt such a high finishing that race! I definitely wasn’t the fastest, but I finished it. Without walking! I had planned to give up running after this race, but my soror N challenged me to run a 10K next year. So continue to train I will. I am so so proud of myself and feel like I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to. I challenge you reader, to challenge yourself. Push yourself to do something that you can’t believe you can do. Earlier this year, I couldn’t run 1 minute without being out of breath. But today, I ran over 3 miles and was fine. It only takes one step to start. Try yourself. You may find that you are pleasantly surprised at your abilities.