Monday, May 28, 2012

Small Potatoes

No, this post is not about potatoes...or any food for that matter.  It's about challenging yourself, setting goals and then working hard to achieve those goals.

This morning I ran our local 5K Memorial Day race, the Cotton Row Run.  It was an honor to run in honor and memory of our fallen heroes who helped make our country free.

First of all, I am not a runner.  Never have been.  In the past I tried running with my husband and could never make it even a half mile.  I decided in January that I wanted to run the Cotton Row and set out to meet that goal.  My first training run consisted of running for only 30 seconds and then walking for 5 minutes....I had a loooong way to go!

So, for all you experienced, marathon runners, my little 5K may seem like small potatoes, but for me, it was a huge undertaking. 

My cheering section

 I had 3 goals for today:
  • Finish the race
  • Run the entire distance
  • Finish in less than 37:12 (average 12 minute mile)


My mottoes for the day were:  "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and  "One foot in front of the other.  Repeat."

I am happy to report that I met all 3 goals, with a finish of 36:35.  Based on my training runs, I actually thought I would finish closer to 34 minutes, but I discovered today that the ipod I have been using for training purposes is not accurately calibrated.  Before I reached the finish line, my ipod said I had already run 5.6 km.  I'll have to keep that in mind for next time!

While I did not "win" the race (much to my children's disappointment), I am pleased with my performance and that I accomplished the goal set before me.  And no, I do not foresee any marathons in my future....although I might go for the 10K next year.