Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tulsa Memory - Running a 5K

Sadly, I did not make it out to this morning's Amazon River Run 5K at Enid First Assembly. I got in from Tulsa last night a whole lot later than expected and there was just no way I could make it happen.

But at least I still have the St. Patrick's Day Run as proof that I can complete a 5K! Here's another look back at a Tulsa Memory from the last Blogathon.


Those who have met me in person know that I'm not exactly Mr. Fit & Trim. So when I made the decision to run a 5K, I was not entirely convinced of my ability to do so. I started an accelerated training program in hopes of getting ready in time for the big St. Patrick's Day Run in Tulsa.

Training wasn't going as well as I hoped, so when I arrived in Tulsa three days before the race I was caught a little off guard when I was challenged to practice a full five kilometers by my friend, Jess.

This was also her first 5K and we had been working our way up to this weekend. We took off for a run around her neighborhood. We kept ourselves sufficiently distracted with conversation so we wouldn't focus on the pain, our labored breathing, or my numbing feet.

I was so relieved when, seemingly out nowhere, we arrived back at her house. I had done it. I had run a 5K. I really couldn't believe it. It gave me a big boost of confidence ahead of Saturday's run. And even though it felt harder running early that morning, I managed to better my time by a couple of minutes.

Here's the proof.

Eric and Jess cross the finish line at the St. Patrick's Day 5K at Runner's World Tulsa

I have a lot of room for improvement and I intend to do so with continued training and more running. Besides, a 5K can be a really fun event. Here's a look some of the fun we had that morning.

Matt being Matt
"How does this work?"
Where we "carbed up" before the run
Running our faces off

After the race. I wanted to die.
That made it better.
We did it!

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