I have been hard at work since deciding to run Disney’s Half Marathon in January!
The journey so far has not been easy, but it has brought so much light to my life. I originally signed up because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, but in the process I have fallen in love with running.
On my 25th birthday, I decided to run a race every month of my 25th year. First up:
Rock The Park 5k
I felt like a kid wracked with nerves about their first day of school. I had run many 5k’s in my training, but this was my first time running an official race. My goal was to finish in hopefully under 40 minutes.
I wish I could express just how happy I was when I crossed the finish line, but it’s hard to find the right words to do it justice. I felt like shouting from the rooftops, “I DID IT!!!”
I was able to keep a 12 minute mile, which is significantly better than when I first started running. Jeff Galloway’s training method has been the perfect fit for me.
Unfortunately, in mid-July I injured my foot and I had to take a couple weeks off from running. I hated not being able to train, but I knew I had to take it easy to prevent further injury. After a bit of rest, my foot healed completely and I was able to sign up for my next 5k.
July Madness 5k
I had more confidence going into this race, and I was able to keep a pace that I was happy with. The last half mile I had to push hard to finish strong, but I am learning that the final stretch ends up being a mental game. I kept repeating positive mantras in my mind to keep myself going.
My goal for this race was to beat my previous time, and I am happy to say that I did! By almost 2 minutes!
Not only did I finish, I placed 3rd in this 5k race! It was a smaller race, but I was still not expecting to place. It is moments like this when I remember being bedridden three years ago, and I am so grateful at how far I have come. I still have my bad pain days, but I am able to complete whatever I set my mind to.
I am signed up for Disney’s Wine and Dine 10k in November, so I hope to do a couple 10k’s beforehand to prepare. Time to sign up for my next race!