I sit here with an ice pack on my left foot. Pondering what in the WORLD made me decide to go wog (run/jog) 3 miles tonight in shoes that are a half size too small????? ACK! I had to walk a 10th of a mile in my socks for goodness sakes!
It started out pretty good. I warmed up then stretched. Took off jogging for a while even pushed through when my breathing got difficult. Then the heat just slammed into me. UGH. So I walked then jogged for the rest of the way.
Hey I am not knocking it at all! I think that is pretty good considering my exercise program went down the drain in December when I broke my wrist in two places and was in a cast for 7 weeks. THEN the car accident shortly after that which gave me severe whiplash & shoulder pain along with a whooping $8,000.00 dollars in damage to my car(thank God he had insurance). Yeah exercise??? Not much! I was lucky not to get hooked on painkillers and muscle relaxers this year.
But I miss running. Running has always been a great stress reliever for me. Actually it started as an escape THEN turned into a stress relief. Then it became a competition or mission if you will. Could I go longer? Could I go faster? Could I do the impossible? So I set my first goal, a 5K (3.1miles)race.
It seemed undoable at the time but I stuck to my training schedule and a few months later it was time. The day of the race came & I ran the whole way! Slow? You bet! Did I walk at all? NOPE. 37 mins was my first race time & I was HOOKED after that.
My second goal a 4mile run. DONE. 45mins. I felt like a pro! I even showed off & ran the mile fun run with Sydney. (4miles? I did 5! HA!)
My 3rd goal? A 10K (6.2 miles). If you had told me I would run DOUBLE the mileage in the same year I would have said you were insane! But I did that too. (1hr 13mins)
What was next a marathon???? Well, close I actually did a half marathon (13.1miles) just over a year after my first 5K race in Oklahoma City on Oklahoma’s Centennial. It was SWEET! And so meaningful. I have a blog on that I will add to my pages. It’s a really good story.
I loved it so much so the next year I ran another half marathon in Cowtown (fort worth). I had the FLU. Somehow , someway through my sheer doggedness (I trained 4mos dangit!) I finished the race & actually beat my 1st marathon time by a few minutes. I even wore heels & a dress to Church the NEXT day. Rain? Snow? Flu? No I finished that half marathon like the mailman. (haha)
I had plans to run the Cowtown half again this year. BUT I broke my wrist & sadly all the training came to a screeching halt.
So here I am 3 painful miles in the hole & considering (with the right shoes) going the distance & getting some more race numbers & maybe even another half marathon medal for my collection. Is it possible? Could I REALLY do it again????