Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Get in Shape Girl Part IV: Countdown

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.

First, I'm going to complete this race. Am I going to complete it in the time I would like? I doubt it. I've ran 3.2 miles twice now and it's under 45 minutes but part of the time I walked and part of the time I ran. Am I ready for this race? In my personal eyes I say no. 7 years ago I would run the entire time and be happy with whatever time I got. Now I'm 7 years older and can't help but be disappointed in myself.

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!


  1. I think it is great that you are even willing to try this. I know I couldn't do it. You are inspiring!

  2. You're giving it a heartfelt go which is more than a lot of people would do at the last minute. Go for it ... feel good about yourself and and set future goals. I see you doing great and even better next time!

  3. Don't put yourself down. I give you a lot of credit for just running at all. Keep up the good work and enjoy it too!

  4. I think it's great that you're doing this! I've always admired people who could run races. I know you'll do great!

  5. I only wish I could run like this....I have started working out and I loved running at one time when I didn't have kids....


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