Health & Fitness.

Holy Crap, I’m In Good Shape!

Even running 17 miles doesn't keep him from insisting I carry him.

It took me three months to train for my first 5K. And I ran it in about 37 minutes if I remember correctly. And I was WORN THE EFF OUT afterwards.

I remember the first time I ever ran 5 miles. It was a HUGE deal to me. I thought about it the entire day before and planned it piece by piece. I parked my car at the YMCA, ran 2.5 miles and turned around and came back. And then…I soaked in the hot tub at the Y to ease my horribly sore muscles. I think I took several days off from doing anything because I was so worn out and sore. And also? SO FREAKIN’ PROUD OF MYSELF. Five miles! WOO HOO!

I’m about to run 5 miles this morning on a whim. No prep, no hot tub, no sore muscles. And I’m doing it because I’ll probably end up doing 3 at boot camp based on our workout and I promised myself when I started marathon training I’d never run less than 5 miles so I need to add 2+ this morning to make sure I don’t miss my mark. In other word? Three miles has become A WASTE OF MY TIME.

I remember the first half-marathon I ran. I walked a good chunk of the last two miles and I could barely move the next few days. Actually, I remember standing up a little later that day and falling down because my legs gave out on me.

I ran almost 17 miles on Saturday, didn’t flinch afterwards, and went and ran 8 more the next day on the trails.

It’s this transformation and conditioning that BLOWS MY DAMN MIND. And also gives me a lot of confidence about my marathon next month. When you’re building up your miles and feeling pain and low levels, it’s hard to ever imagine running 26. But after this weekend, running 9 more miles than I did on Saturday doesn’t seem too daunting. And while all of this is logical: The more miles you run the easier they get…it still AMAZES ME. It amazes me that I say things like, “I ran an easy 8 miles…” and really mean it. That I have a pace slow enough that 8 miles can be easy. That’s CRAZY TALK.

There’s no point to this, really. Just me reminding you that persistence and dedication DOES PAY OFF. With each mile you travel, whether you’re running or walking, those miles become easier. And then, the next thing you know, you’re running 17 and not even flinching.

14 thoughts on “Holy Crap, I’m In Good Shape!”

  1. I’m still at the point where I’m trying to run 5k 🙁 But, your posts, especially like these, are an inspiration! Thanks and kudos to you!!!

  2. You give us outta shape girls hope…. I am probably not ever gonna be a runner, but I have been taking Zumba classes and working out on my own and I am amazed how much better i feel already (its only been 3 months!)…. I can run more sprint intervals at the track (I hear its good for the core)…. I am doing toning dvd’s because I want to, and I noticed how much more likely I am to run up stairs for no reason!

  3. As I’ve been training to stay on pace for running five half marathons this year, I’m constantly having those same flashback moments of remembering my first 4K … just a couple of years ago … and thinking I would probably fall apart before being able to run what wasn’t even 3 miles. Now, I’m with you, that it sometimes feels like a 5K is a waste of time. Keep up the inspiring posts!

  4. It’s a weird thing, even though I haven’t run for a while, 2 miles does seem like a waste of my time (lets be clear that I can’t run that far currently) but because I can’t run 2 miles I”m like ‘what the point” it make no sense in my crazy brain, but it’s like two miles? why even put on a sport bra? (because ow, that’s why) but still.

    You are so awesome, I’m so happy for you to be in this super healthy place, and I hope to be back there too. Love you!

  5. Which ones are you running, Reed? I’m hoping in the next few years to start doing the Destination Race thing where I build “vacations” around races 😉

  6. It is amazing, and so inspiring, to see how much you have progressed in your running. I remember reading about your Disney half, and now look at you, training for a marathon and kicking its ass. What a wonderful accomplishment!

    Also, I’m taking your “persistence and dedication pay off” message to heart. I had my third baby last summer, and knee issues after that, and gallbladder surgery after THAT, along with the regular working mom balancing act, and I have always, always allowed fitness to take a backseat to everything else in my life (not to mention the financial aspect of it – no money for gym memberships or fancy gear). I don’t want to do that anymore.

    I have loved running since falling into it almost three years ago, and at my peak I could clock five miles without a problem, but as early as January I couldn’t WALK a mile without feeling pain. Now that I am making it a priority again, though, I am finally seeing progress. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been making a dedicated effort to run before work, even if just once or twice a week, and while I occasionally need to take walking breaks, it feels so good to be moving again without pain. It sounds silly, but for a while I wondered if that would ever be possible again.

    Anyway, all of that to say that your words of encouragement are very much appreciated!

  7. My first half was the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll half in December. This year, I decided to take on five Rock ‘n’ Roll half races around the country. I did New Orleans in March, and I have registered for Portland (May), Chicago (July), St. Louis (October) and then back to Las Vegas in December to round out the year. I can’t believe it, really.

  8. That’s awesome! I’ve never done a Rock ‘n’ Roll race but I hear they’re tons of fun. There’s one in Savannah, GA that I was looking at for November! Not sure if we can swing travel that time of year but I had friends that did it last year and it looked really nice!

  9. Yeah, it’s really funny how these things ebb and flow. My first race ever was a 10 miler, and the “long runs” in training were the main focus of every weekend. I couldn’t walk for days after the race. And then I got into longer and longer stuff and a ten miler race became something I did just to get extra miles in (running before and after the event to get it done.) And paying for a 5k? Pshaw. I wouldn’t even lace up to run less than 30 minutes.

    Then I took some time off, moved to the mountains, got my ass kicked by altitude and hills, and had to build back up. ebb and flow ebb and flow. One of the coolest things (to me) is how much our body can adapt to what we ask of it when we dedicate the time

  10. You are amazing! I didn’t realize you were training for a marathon. It is going to be incredible. I promise. If you ever need a confidence boost, go out and drive 17 miles. It’s a long way. AND YOU RAN IT. You are going to kick ass!

  11. This entire entry is an inspiration for me. I just “graduated” from Couch to 5K last week and when I got on the treadmill I had a multitude of setbacks that left me with only 2.5 miles accomplished this evening. So this was just what I needed to read to keep me going. I’m signed up for my first 5K on May 20, another in June and the BlogHer 5K in August. A friend just invited me to a 10K in September and I think I could actually do that!

    I don’t even know who I am anymore, but I’m liking this new me. 🙂

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