|We are ready to run!|
|A picture before the race. I was nervous!|
|Coming into the Finish Line. What a GREAT feeling!|
|WE DID IT!!!|
I never thought I would actually know what it felt like to pin a bib number onto my shirt, lace up my running shoes, and participate in an actual race. I never thought I would actually run in a race and get home and start researching for the next upcoming race I could participate in. Last week I completed the goal I set for myself earlier this summer -- To train and compete in an actual 5k race. My original goal was to finish in 30 minutes or less and I made it in 29:03 (23rd in my age group out of 85)!
I know that running 3 miles may not seem like much to many, but to this chick it is a HUGE accomplishment. I have always been a very strong anti-exerciser and this goal was one I reluctantly made. I knew that training was not going to be fun, and I knew there would be tons of days I would know I had to go out and run when I would rather sit home and relax. In fact, I think it is safe to say that I was definitely the most vocal about hating all forms of exercise than any of my family and friends. Paul even told me that he didn't think I was going to actually follow through with my goal, because he knew how much I hated exercise.
I think there was a long time that I enjoyed being the girl that hated exercise. It was a nice and easy way to excuse my reason for not actually doing any. I would make jokes that it was from the devil and only crazy people do things like work out. I know it might sound hokey, but I really feel like this was a calling from God. I really feel like God put some urge in me (because I know I did not have it in myself) to get my butt outside running. Trust me, there had to be some divine intervention here.
Training wasn't my favorite, but I made a goal (advertised it all over FB), and somehow stuck with it. Much of what kept my going was my commitment to run in order to raise $1000 and 1000 preemie hats for Rosie's Cozies to give to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. We have surpassed our monetary goal, and I am hoping that over the next couple of days I collect enough hats to reach our hat goal!
Everyone keeps asking me if I have caught the "running bug," and in some ways I have. Do I love heading out to go running? Not really. I enjoy the personal time to myself, but I can't say that running is my first choice for how I want to spend some free time. However, I know there are benefits to exercise, and I hate to admit that it's been obvious. One is my lack of migraines (wahoo!), less anxiety, and increased energy.
On a sweet side, the other day I told Belle we were going to run up to the UPS Store. She put on her tennis shoes and when I opened the door to the van she started crying. When I asked what was wrong she said, "I don't want to get in the car! I want to run to the UPS Store!" Another time I was going to have to push the girls, and Belle was adamant that she was going to run next to me and DID NOT want to ride in the stroller. Again, she put on her tennis shoes and ran next to me for a couple blocks before hopping into the stroller. Hopefully I can be a positive example to my girls about a healthy lifestyle that focuses on HEALTH and not vanity.
Thank you to all who encouraged me and kept me motivated! Paul told me he didn't think I would actually do it, but he still encouraged me the entire way, and was shocked when we made it to race day. I am happier that I not only achieved a personal goal, but an even larger goal for Rosie's Cozies that helps many others than just my own little bubble. Everyone that donated to the project is a hero in my heart and kept me motivated more than ever to keep training. Now, onto my next race...AND maybe some training for a 10k??
Click here to see the video about The Bridge Run and my interview:
1,500 Gather In Downtown GR For Bridge Run
Lastly, enjoy this video highlighting Rosie's Cozies (you will need some tissues).