You might find this strange seeing as how I love running- I’ve never really run a 5K.
See when I decided to run a race there are always three factors that come into play:
1. How awesome the race itself seems
2. The distance of the race (half marathons being my favorite, full marathons the extra push I need)
3. The cost of the race, travel, etc. as I am BROKE on a single, teacher budget.
In truth I really don’t like to pay to run anything less than a half marathon unless it is an awesome race at a decent cost. I guess I am just too spoiled by the beauty around me. I figure why pay more for a shorter run when I normally go out and run 8-12 miles on weekends (when I am not training for anything specific) on my own through gorgeous Charleston routes.
However, with my current injury my normal weekend runs are not a possibility and I wanted a goal to shoot for as I try to get back to running. While I do have two half marathons that I registered for months ago (well before the injury) approaching quickly, I need some goal between not running at all and a half marathon. The Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble seemed like a great bet because it is through the gorgeous, historic streets of Downtown Charleston, which was just voted by Conde Nast as the top tourist city in the world. Yes, my city is that gorgeous!
I must be honest, I know this race is gorgeous because it was my first 5K three years ago in 2009. As I mentioned I don’t really do 5K races, but this was for a great cause- A friend was just starting to run and wanted to do this race. It was not at all about me, no time goal, no expectations. My only goal- to get her to run, walk, crawl if need be, to the end of that race so she could experience the accomplishment of finishing. It was so wonderfully rewarding to be able to help her out, share that experience with her, and then to just bask in her happy first time runner/racer glow. (I think we ran/walked in at a 43:something, but it did not matter. She finished!)
So while it was kind of my first 5k then, it is also going to become the first 5K that I have officially run.
Since I am healing, still in a bit of pain, and have just this week made it up to a full (ugly) mile my only goal is to finish to finish sub 30min. If I was healthy I’d be shooting for a lower time for sure, but I think that is a realistic goal for now. Fingers crossed ya’ll.
Who knows maybe it will turn into a holiday tradition as I have already convinced both T & C (AKA- the speed demons) to run it also (and patiently wait for me at the finish).
Do you have any holiday traditions for Thanksgiving?
My current traditions involve always making my famous mac ‘n cheese, a southern staple, and decorating gingerbread men after Thanksgiving dinner as a transition into the Christmas spirit.
Nov. 3 – Today I am thankful for C. She drove way across town to meet me for lunch. I can always count on her to stay in and cook with me, choose healthier places to eat out, and try to squeeze in some exercise. She not only is there for me through thick and thin, but she supports my attempts to live a healthier lifestyle. #givethanks