Have I mentioned that I don't like to run? I have never been good at it and I find it boring. But, as I find myself getting older and heavier, I realized I needed to find a way to love it. So, I decided that one way I might enjoy it is if I actually trained for something. I decided to start small. If you remember from previous posts, I ran the midnight run in Central Park. I didn't really train for that, but I swore I would train for another one. Well, let's just say I worked out, but I never really ended up training for a 5K. My friend Monica decided she wanted to train for a 5k and asked if I would do The Wall Street Run and Heart Walk, I said sure. Alas, the event neared and I never really ended up training for it. Mostly, it was because of my feet problems, but I am sure the fact that I hate running factored in there as well. But, I did it anyway.
It went pretty well. I was able to run (well, jog/shuffle is a better word for it) and I think I finished in about 40 minutes.
I didn't really want to post these pictures, because I look horrible, but I did think it was a cool shot of the Statue of Liberty in the background. Boyd and the boys and Adam and their kids were cheering us on at the finish line. Gavin gave me five as I was finishing.
Monica did awesome and finished in under 30. My goal now is to actually train for one and run it in less that 30 minutes.
I used to call myself an athlete, but those days almost seem like a dream. I was once a volleyball, basketball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee player. The other day I was at the church building and there was a group playing volleyball and it made me realize how much I missed playing. I was still playing right after I got married, but then I sprained my ankle. I haven't really played much since.
Now, I find myself a tired, overweight and a non-athlete. I decided I don't want to be that way anymore. I want to be athletic again. I work out and I walk EVERYWHERE, but that is not enough.
So, I guess I will start with another 5k, but I hope that I can find more ways to be an athlete.