Believe it or not, I was a tomboy as a kid. I’m sure this comes as a shock for those of you who know how ridiculously girly I am these days. But growing up most of my friends were boys so I had to climb fences and trees with the best of them.
In spite of this I was never much of an athlete. I was the person always picked last for kick ball (and with good reason). And I hated those physical fitness tests we had to do in school because I could never finish the 1-mile run in 12 minutes. Never!
So this summer when I decided to get serious about running one of the first goals I set for myself was to run for one mile without stopping and to complete that mile in 12 minutes or less. I accomplished said aim this fall, running a mile in 11 minutes. But I wondered if I would be able to maintain such a pace for a long period of time. Therefore, the goal I set for myself for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K I participated in this weekend was to finish the race in 37 minutes or less (since 3.1 – the number of miles in a 5K – times 12 would equal 37.2 minutes).
Adrenaline rushing through my body, I started the race strong. When I hit the 1-mile mark I checked my stop watch: I’d finished in 11 minutes. I smiled and kept going. But before reaching the 2-mile mark I had to take a short walk break and by the time I did reach that sign I was loosing steam. Later when I looked at my watch and saw 33 minutes had passed my heart sank. I wasn’t going to reach my goal.
Then I heard one of the cheerleaders on the sideline say, “Good job! Look you’re almost there.” I looked ahead and realized she was right. The finish line was in sight! Overjoyed, I turned into Flo Jo for a minute and blasted out the rest of the run.
I am very happy to report that I finished the course in 34 minutes and 58 seconds! And I only took three 1-minute walk breaks.
It’s so crazy to think that there was a time when I thought I couldn’t run at all and then thought I could only run for a minute at a time. Now I can run more than a mile without stopping and I can do so in less than 12 minutes.
I wonder if I can still climb trees?
If you enjoyed this post check out Running Away From Can’t, my post on how running a 5K has made me a bolder writer.