One of my New Years Resolutions was to run some 5k's and 10k's this year. I never would have ever thought that running would be something on my resolutions list. I used to be the person who said, if you saw me running, you better run too, because something bad is happening to make me run. Ha. I have since changed my mind. I ran my first long distance in October of last year in the throws of my weight loss journey. I had no idea how fit I was getting cardiovascular wise, but 1 hour a day on an elliptical for a month had really done wonders. I was able to run 4 miles, only taking a couple of walking breaks. The next time I ran I didn't walk at all. I have ran 6 mile runs without walking. It became a time for me, where I was just concentrating on the music in my ears and releasing stress.
I decided my first 5k experience should be fun and not a serious race. I signed up for the Color Me Rad 5k. I was supposed to run it with my husband, but he had to go away for training that weekend, so I gave his spot to a friend of mine from church named Melissa. We were perfect running partners because she is short like me. Our strides matched and we pretty much kept the same pace. I was so glad that she came out to run with me. My friend Danielle ran it with her husband... she is a good 5 inches taller than me so she was KILLING it. She ran the 5k about 2 minutes faster than Melissa and I did.
All in all, it was fun. I want to do some more fun races, but my next run is a 10k on the morning of the 4th of July. I have never run 6.2 miles so I am hoping that I can conquer it. Usually by the end of my 6 mile runs I am ready to stop running, so adding 2 tenths of a mile onto that run seems so daunting, but I know I can do it.
One thing I made sure to go out and purchase after this run was some running tights. My loose fitting pants are annoying to run in... so I will be good to go for the 10k.
What are you doing to stay fit and have fun?