I ran my first 5k this morning.
I. Loved. It.
I mean look at me, I was smiling
Going into this race my only goals were to 1.) finish the race and 2.) run the whole thing. I had no goals for time. I told myself that no matter how long it took me I would be happy as long as I ran the entire length of the course. I have run 5k distances on my regular runs so I knew that I could run the whole thing, but since it was my first race I just wanted to treat it like my first race and let it be relaxed and fun.
And fun it was. Once I was clear of the crowd at the starting line and the runners and walkers going at a slower pace than me I settled into a good and comfortable pace and I ended up finishing faster than I anticipated. I smiled my way through the run and learned at lot about running in races.
Now I am itching to run. I feel so motivated now. If you have ever thought about running a 5k I would suggest it. Even a novice runner can train for a 5k in a relatively short amount of time and it feels great to cross a finish line. Someday I hope to be crossing a marathon finish line but for now a 5k was a great way to boost my confidence, motivation and enthusiasm.
A year ago I wouldn’t have predicted it. A year ago I thought I hated running. You never know what the future brings and I just keep evolving and growing and changing.
I am a runner. I am so hooked.