This past Saturday was a first for me.
I ran my very first 5K.
A few months back Jill saw a deal on Groupon for half off the registration fee for the Color Me Rad 5K Race in Tampa. Neither one of us are runners. Jill spins, I get my cardio from the elliptical and the occasional run on the treadmill. You can say we both live active lifestyles, but are we hit-the-ground-running-on-pavement kinda girls? Oh hell no! Still, Jill thought it would be super fun to do and just liked she used to talk me into doing things when we were in high school, she talked me into this one. Aren't you supposed to grow out of peer pressure once you leave your teenage years behind?
Speaking of high school, the two of us actually did try to run track or cross country at one point back then. We both remember running through the halls of Brunswick High School wearing our royal blue sweat pants with the words "Blue Devils" in big white letters down one of the pant legs. Much to the disappointment of the track coach (which suggests that he thought we had some sort of talent) our high school running career didn't last very long. We had more of a desire to be wearing cheerleading uniforms instead of running shoes.
That was 30+ years ago and we hadn't run since. We're both 45 years old. My back bothers me, Jill's knees bother her. Are we totally nuts to start trying now? Ummm...yeah! I know a 5K is just a little over 3 miles, but we had to start training (I'm sure you seasoned runners are cracking up at the fact that we trained for a 5K...stop laughing at us...we're newbies). And that meant running outside...in the hot Florida sun. UGH!!! Seriously. What were we thinking?
So at the end of March or beginning of April I started to run outside. Chris was my big supporter and "coach," suggesting I start off with only two miles at first, running two or three times a week. I went with twice a week and did as he said. The first few times I ran I coudn't make it the whole two miles without stopping. I would text Jill when I'd finish and tell her "THIS SUCKS!" But one day I woke up and said "Self, you are going to do this without stopping. Suck it up." And I did.
And I liked it.
I liked running early in the morning when it wasn't so humid. I liked the sweet scent of star jasmine and magnolia trees in bloom. I liked running amongst the palm trees and along the water. I liked the runner's high I got and how open my lungs felt throughout the day on the days that I ran. I couldn't believe that I enjoyed this.
Throughout the month of April I became comfortable with running 2 miles. The race was May 24 and planned to increase my distance to 3 miles when May 1st rolled around. And I did.
And I hated it.
That extra mile was just a bit too much for this 45-year-old. During those runs I would feel a pinch in my right hip that radiated down through my entire leg which then caused my right foot to go numb. I was definitely feeling my age. Those endorphin-induced hallucinations of looking like one of those sleek runners you would see in a Lululemon or Athleta catalog sportin' cute outfits were long gone. Concerned that I would really hurt myself, I only ran the 3 miles a few times in the neighborhood before the race and made sure I had a full two days rest before the big day.
And it finally arrived...
We did it! And without stopping! We ran like we were born to run. We ran through those color booths with arms up, just waiting for them throw that colored cornstach at us so we could proudly wear it like a badge of honor (they need to flavor it though!). We had a ball. And after all was said and done, after all the aches and pains, after the long showers it took to get that colored cornstarch out of our hair and skin and soaking my foot...
I've always heard that when you do one race you become addicted. Anyone know of a 5K mud run in the Tampa area??? Sign us up!
Chris did an AWESOME job taking our photos during the run. I posted these pics and more on my personal Facebook Page. I also put them up on Instagram but did so by using the app Flipagram. Have you heard of it? It's a super fun app that lets you turn the photos on your phone into short videos, set to your favorite music and post it to your Instagram account. The app will flip through all your pics in either 15 or 30 seconds with your favorite song playing in the background. You have to check it out!!! Below is the short video I created of my race pics:
So, it's time for a freebie! I know there are runners out there that scrapbook, read this blog and have possibly run the Color Me Rad 5K. I loved the energy I saw in those that participated and I felt inspired to create a set of filler cards to celebrate the event. The next time you are doing a PL layout and are including some running photos or other fun occasion, use these cards to show how totally rad it was!!! Enjoy!!!