Task #23 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Run a 5K fun run
The last time I put on my running shoes was sometime in 2012. I’ve been itching to get back into running for a while now, but whenever the urge strikes I’ve always managed to blame my asthma or my dodgy knee for putting it off until ‘next week’. A couple of weeks ago I went to the physio about my knee and she laughed when I said I was signed up for last night’s fun run. “Well, that’s not going to happen is it?”, she said.
The thing is, I was determined to run this 5K whether or not my knee was busted, even if I hadn’t done any training. When I put on those shoes for the first time yesterday I didn’t know whether I was even capable of running around the block, but I decided that I was going to give it my best shot and if it was all too hard I’d walk the rest of the way.
Tim and I signed up for the Electric Run months ago and it looked like so much fun that there was no way I was pulling out!
Tim and I started the race together, but after the first kilometre I told him to go on without me so that I could set my own pace. My knee was in good shape most of the way so I was able to enjoy the light shows on the course and all the amazing costumes. There were stacks of volunteers along the side of the track yelling encouragement and giving high-fives, so it was pretty much impossible to be sad! Besides, I had light-up shoelaces.
It wasn’t all that long ago that I was running 5K three days per week, but for some reason this particular task totally psyched me out and I wondered if I’d be able to make it past the halfway point. According to RunKeeper I actually ran a fair bit further than 5K last night (perhaps it was from weaving in and around all the walkers?) and only walked for 60 seconds of the whole course when I reached the top of a huge hill. I lost count of the number of people I overtook so I’m pretty happy with how I went.
So basically I am a dummy for not starting my training months ago, and a dummy for letting this race worry me in the lead-up to last night. I finished 10 minutes behind Tim but I still finished! Maybe I’ll put the Colour Run on my next 101/1001 list?