I thought to myself, wow,
she’s crazy, that’s an amazing goal. Then I shook my head and thought to myself, I’ve never even done one, and think it would kill me to do one.
Then it hit me. That’s what I wanted. I wanted to run a 5K, finish it, and not die doing it. This was a new goal to add to my 2010 Goal List.
I immediately Googled 5K runs in my area and found a women’s only race at the end of May. Perfect! This should be enough time to get myself ready! I whipped out my wallet and registered before I could talk myself out of it (or let anyone else talk me out of it). So if all goes well, I will be running the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon and 5k – Sunday May 30, 2010.
I spent some time looking into what I needed to know for running the 5K and the first things I learned was that a very good pair of shoes, fitted by a professional when possible, was pretty much a necessity.
convinced begged the boyfriend to take me to The Running Room this morning so I could talk to someone about shoes. A very lovely woman spent quite a bit of time with me, analyzing my feet, how I walk, how I run, etc. We discover I needed some light stability for my arch and she showed me the shoes I could choose from. She urged me to try on multiple pairs to ensure I found one with a good fit. After four pairs I found my babies.
I also invested in two pair of double layer running socks for moisture and blister control (because I am uber prone to blisters).
My last stop in the 5K start-up journey was a trip to Chapters to get some books on running in general and training for the 5K. Can you tell I’m excited?
When I got home I was so eager to get moving that I ran right to my workout room to complete my normal workout (workout #6 of the EA Active More Workouts 6 week challenge). I followed that up with a custom workout created for the original EA Active on their 5K Challenge site. Holy squats and lunges Batman! My legs were on fire!
All this and I still managed to make this week’s batch of homemade honey peanut granola. But you’ll have to wait for this week’s Weekend Warrior post for more on that!