Archive | April 10, 2011

I Ran a 5k Today!!!

Seriously!  Doesn’t that sound AMAZING?!?!

Truth be told, I’ve done it before… just didn’t ever pay attention to the fact that 5k was equivalent to 3.1 miles and some change.

But, regardless….  Today I participated in Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k.  And let me tell ya, I’m really quite proud of myself with my accomplishment.  The powers that be at WordPress came up with the idea of  “organizing” a 5k amongst their staff and WordPress users all over the world and today was the day.  Pretty freaking cool.

Getting ready to head out!

Usually when I go out for a jog, I alternate intervals of jogging for a minute and walking for two.  Several years ago, I jogged 4 miles every day faithfully but fell off the wagon somewhere along the way. 

Recently I started getting back out there and while my times are no where near what they used to be, I was quite pleased with how well I did given how long it had been. 

Today though… I really made myself happy. 🙂 

I didn’t walk at all…

I jogged mile 1, RAN mile 2 and jogged the 3rd as the additional .4 mi to get back to my starting point. My total time being 41:29.

AND not only did I RUN the 2nd mile, it was my fastest mile ever with a time of 12:24.

Maybe it was because I was “participating” in the WordPress 5k versus just going out for a 3 mile jog.

Maybe it was because I went back to my old jogging route from those several years ago.

Maybe I was just a bit more determined today.  I don’t know, but really don’t care either because it feels really good!

I realize that to many of the more seasoned, trained runners, this may not seem too big a deal, but for me this was pretty awesome.  I’ve never considered myself to be a runner.  I always categorized myself as a jogger/walker, but NEVER a runner. I was never a distance runner or a speed runner.  I just went about my merry way.

TODAY, though it felt so incredibly awesome to be out, jogging and running along my old route. It just felt good to accomplish something such as setting a new record without even intending to do so. 

I RAN an entire mile… How freakin’ cool is that???  I felt like I was gonna die afterwards in all honesty…. 

Barely breathing and giving thanks

  

I sat down and found myself giving thanks up there.  For me, it’s pretty awesome my friends. Still not convinced though that I would classify myself as a runner, but a blogging buddy shared this picture with me a while ago and reminded me of the quote as I compared our 5k times today.   Thanks buddy!

Does this make me a runner then???

 So, hmmm.  Maybe I am a runner?  Eh.  I dunno.  Does it really matter?  No, I guess not so much.  BUT, TODAY, I am a runner. 

I dragged myself to my car and headed home where I replenished with TONS of water…

Thirsty and tired....

and then ate a super yummy salad!   Sweet butter lettuce, red peppers, feta stuffed olives, artichoke hearts and carrots with homemade red wine vinaigrette dressing.  Also had a little bit of humus and carrots to finish up my dinner.  Good stuff!!!!

Mmmmmmmmmmm!!!! Yumminess 🙂

 

Today was a great day.  I slept in until 11:00.  Chatted with a great friend, talked on the phone with one of the besties…

AND I ran in a 5k!  Tired of hearing me say that yet?????? 

What was something that really made you proud of yourself?