T-minus 5 days until the big race. Yes, it will be Mother's Day and I'll be running the Run Like a Mother 5K in Raleigh, NC. Along with my countdown comes some realizations. Some are positive, some not so positive.
Why? Wow! That's a hard one to answer and I've been contemplating it the past 5 weeks that I have been training. 7 years ago would have been plenty of time for me to train for a 3 mile race. 7 years, two babies back to back and almost no real exercise and I'm learning that's no longer true for me. AND that's been really hard for me to wrap my head around. Things ache that used to never ache, finding time between caring for my kids, keeping up the house, blogging and my other daily life activities for running is sometimes close to impossible.
Second, I'm just really trying to learn that things aren't the same. I signed up for this race at the last minute. I don't have enough time to train like I would like but it's a start. I went from sitting on the couch (well not really) but from no exercise to running every other day and walking with some awesome ladies in my neighborhood. I might not be able to run a 5k without stopping to walk a little but I have tons more energy. I feel better about myself. I'm eating better and I've even lost a few pounds, the healthy way! And most importantly, I'm sticking with it! Normally, I get disappointed in myself and I quit after a few weeks. Not this time. I'm in it for the long haul.
Am I going to cross that finish line in 30 or 40 minutes? I doubt it. My goal is to CROSS the finish line and to do it under an hour. I figure we all have to start somewhere. I'll take my time for what it is and then vow to stick with working my a** off to not only beat it the next time but to surpass it. My overall goal is to run a 1/2 marathon this November and trust me I'm going to do it. Thanks, Run Like a Mother for finally getting this mama going!