Saturday, April 28, 2012

The First Time......#HAWMC

The very first time I walked a 5k was so monumental for me. You see, I was barely into my health and fitness plan by six months and had, by this time, already suffered a couple of exercise over use injuries and was not really too anxious to over do the race. Even though I had fear, I was determined to get this done.

I remember it was a beautiful Oregon July day, the sun was shining, conditions were perfect, I was sort of rested and fueled (as much as my limited knowledge allowed). My Hubby, Daughter and Grand Baby were with me. I pushed my Grand Baby in the stroller.

We started out and within a minute, I experience pain in my legs. WITHIN MINUTES!!!

I panicked of course and had to do a bunch of self talk to keep going. With the support of my family and my own grit to get this done, I found the courage and worked through the pain and got it done!!

I walked a 5k in 1 hour and 7 minutes!!!


Oh yeah!.

Did I care?

Nope!! It was like I had run a marathon. Felt like I did something that was so monumental and amazing.

I felt so proud of myself!!

The very first time I ran a 5k was so monumental for me. It was last year. Had just gotten over more injuries and even though I had fear, I was determined to get this done!

I remember it was another beautiful Oregon July day, the sun was shining, conditions were perfect. I was rested and fueled (as I am learning to train like an athlete). I ran it with my Daughter and Margene from Believing It's Possible is Half the Battle and my Hubby showed up, just in time to surprise me.

We started out with the same first mile aches and pains, but this time, I knew what was in store.

I did not panic, but I still talked to myself about keeping my pace, reminding myself to breath and to enjoy the run! With the support of my awesome family and friend and my own grit to get this done.

I ran the entire 5k in 45.2 Minutes!!!


Oh yeah!!

Did I care?

Nope! I did do something that was so monumental and amazing for me.

I felt so proud of myself!!!

Same race....different ways to get it done....but an amazing thing, to do, for a person like me.

Next up......Now I'm training for my first 1/2 Marathon.

Lesson here.....

Take baby steps toward your goals...Just get never know where it will lead you....

Future goal...


Maybe 1/2 Triathlon?!?!?!?

Anything can happen!!!

Are you ready to try your first?

Keep focused!!


  1. I remember the first time I ran a mile, my first 5k, first 10K, first 15K (actually, only one - because that's a weird distance), first 1/2 marathon, first marathon (which I actually ran before my 1/2 marathon, mistake... but done!) All slow, but ALL ME! :) WTG on your runs, keep going, and I'll be rooting for you on your half!

  2. Love this! Little steps turn into big distances!!!

  3. Look how far you've come! You are amazing the progress you've made. How did your 8 miler go the other day? I haven't even run 8 miles, girl! And your biking, work outs, and even working through your issues... I love your tenacity!

    I count myself lucky and blessed to have shared that first running 5k with you last year. That was my first running one too! It was epic when your hubs showed up. So cool! We've done TWO 5k's girl! Awesome Memories! Thanks for letting me be apart of your most amazing journey!!

    I count myself luck and blessed to know you. And you are going to ROCK your 1/2 marathon!

    Love and hugs!

  4. We never know what we are capable of until we do it.

    That first 1/2 marathon is going to be monumental.


  5. Great Post! AND so true! Sometimes just getting it done, even if we don't get it done exactly how we hope to in the future, is MORE than 1/2 the battle!

    In 2010 I walked a 5K. It was HORRIBLE. I had been dealing with plantar fasciitis, and it was PAINFUL. The day I walked the 5k was one of the WORST from a pain perspective. I could barely move....every step was torture. It took me a little over an hour to finish. I remember crossing that line and feeling SO relieved, and SO proud that I kept going! I remember sitting at IHOP after, enjoying their "lighter fare" french toast and bananas, and feeling beyond happy - even though I couldn't take a step for 2 days after!

    Your post reminded me that I just need to take the plunge sometimes. I haven't done a 5K since, but I am feeling like that is about to change!

    Can't wait to hear about your 1/2 marathon!

  6. Next is anything you imagine. With your attitude you might be doing Ironman soon.

  7. I'm not sure if I'm ready...yet. One of my goals has been to run a 5k, but when I started training for it this last fall, I still felt like I was too heavy. It was putting so much strain on my shins and knees. I still have that goal and hope to reach it...this year! I'm hoping that once I get below 200 lbs. I'll be able to run without so much pain.

    What do you think? I'd love your advice.