That’s the date of my first, official 5K event: June 21st.
At this point, I’ve registered for the event and paid the entrance fee. All that’s left to do is to actually run the thing.
Correction: I need to ensure I’m fully trained for the event.
Last week I finished my Couch-to-5K nine-week program and, on Wednesday, actually ran just over 5km on my own for the first time. It was awesome in the sense that I was able to complete it…so I know that I’m totally ready for the event itself.
The issue is that I don’t feel like my body is really all-that ready. I tried running around in the yard this weekend with my son, but found that I was limping and hobbling like I was a senior citizen. I don’t recall ever NOT being able to play with my son before I started running.
So here’s the thing…I totally realize that my weight has everything to do with why my body isn’t reacting positively to my exercising. Here’s the other thing: I’m the same weight I was before I started running and I haven’t been eating any more than I was before.
As frustrating as that may be, I realize that I need to be in better shape in order to really run this 5K event the way I want to run it. I want to be able to play with my son without hobbling around like I’ve got two broken legs. I need to do more than just run a few times a day.
I’ve had a GREAT start. I couldn’t imagine being able to run an average of under 9 minutes per kilometer a few months ago. I’ve come a long way in just 85 days. Imagine what I could do in another 85?
I plan on losing 10 pounds before June 21st. I’m not sure how I’m going to do it, but that’s the plan. It’s the short-term goal that will eventually lead to a long-term goal. It’s one step at a time, right?
June 21st. I’m counting down the days.