Inspirangles – Hopping back on the 5K band wagon

9 06 2010

I just read such an inspiring half marathon recap post at Half of Jess, I had to share it. I’ve been following Jess’ blog for the last few months and have read about her slow and steady progress with running. In the last 3 months alone, she conquered a bunch of 5k races and ran her first half marathon the other day. 3 months! It’s awe-inspiring for me because Jess went from hating running to becoming a runner in a matter of months. It’s real proof of what determination, diligence and hard work can accomplish.

Now I want to finally run my first 5k. Actually run it non-stop. Even if my walk is faster than my jog.

Which reminds me, I should talk about the 5K I participated in back in May.

The start line

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I had originally intended to run the Walk of Life 5k, but I went on vacation and just stopped training for it (or exercising altogether) when I got back. I had convinced a bunch of friends to join me, but none of them were runners and they were all going to walk the 5k. The race was also a laid back event, not so much a race as a charity fundraiser. There was no official finish time tracking or anything like that.

While were were walking, I managed to convince one of my friends to do some running intervals with me. The first opportunity we got to break away from the mob, we started running and ended up leading the walking pack.

I couldn't find any pictures with me in them, but randomly saw my friends in this shot (front far right in the black and grey)

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We finished the 5k running and walking in about 44:28 according to the finish line clock. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of the time so I’m not entirely sure how accurate that time is since I don’t know what time we started after the runners.

If it was our real time, I’m not too happy with it since I’ve done 5k jogs on my own in 30-35 mins, but we also did get caught behind all the walkers for the first 1.5k and that probably slowed us down a great deal.

In the end, it was a good experience and I felt great that I had fundraised for a charity that means a lot to me personally.

But like I said, now I’m ready to fully run my first 5k!

I’m signing up for two 5Ks this summer:
Beaches Jazz Tune Up 5K on July 25, 2010 – not chip-timed so it’ll be more of a practice run for me
Toronto Women’s 5K on August 28, 2010 – this one’s chip-timed, so it’s the real deal!

Time to get serious and start training! (Go figure, I’m actually excited to run again 🙂 )

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11 06 2010
Jess

Wohoo! Keep it up with your training! If you have questions, feel free to ask. Make sure you stretch before and after your runs. And I think 5Ks are a great distance. I really enjoy them. Seriously. I mean, long-runs make you feel invincible but 5Ks make you feel like lightning!

Stick with your training and don’t get frustrated! And remember, finish what you started.

Thanks for reading my blog and always being so supportive. I really appreciate it. Your comments always bring a smile to my face.

I can’t wait to read about your June 5K!

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