|DIY on the treadmill 1/22/11||44:53|
|Penguin Pace 5k 2/6/11||47:18|
|Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5k 3/13/11||43:58|
|5K for the YMCA by Outback 4/8/11||43:54|
|Rotary Club Remembrance Run 5k 5/30/11||48:51|
|Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k 6/26/11||46:16|
|Women’s Distance Festival 5k (Columbia) 7/10/11||45:04|
|Women’s Distance Festival 5k (Frederick) 8/13/11||45:10|
|Run to Remember 5k 9/11/11||45:43|
|Run the ‘Hood 5k 10/22/11||43:01|
|Catonsville YMCA Turkey Trot 11/24/11||28:55 *missed a whole mile on a confusing course!|
|The DIY December 5k 12/31/11||45:00|
- I can set a goal and achieve it.
- An avid walker CAN become a runner.
- I can be somewhat of a race snob (if the event does not start on time, you don’t want to be near me. Talk about cranky!)
- Taking time for me is not selfish. There were times when trying to squeeze a race into a very busy weekend caused things at home to become a bit tense shall we say hectic and caused a conflict or two but I decided early on to be ‘selfish’ about this.
- I can wear technical T-shirt with the dry wicking mumbo jumbo. In the beginning, I could not stand them – give me the old school cotton please and thank you! The new fangled material reminded me too much of the ballet leotards I would cut to shreds w/ scissors as a child. But eventually I grew to like these T-shirts and the coolness they provide while I am sweating my heart out.
- Finish strong. No matter how tired you may be from the race, when you see that finish line in sight. Go for it. Hard. Harder than you think you have it in you to do. As crazy as it sounds, that is often my favorite part of the whole race. I feel fierce when I am sprinting across the finish, no matter how slow I was at mile 1-mile 3! At this race to the right, the announcer called my name “Mary from Baltimore. Here comes a strong runner. Give her a hand” and I am so glad I had those sunglasses on because hearing that had me all choked up!
- Plan ahead and get your races on the calendar. You don’t want to be scrambling to find a race at the last minute or having to consider driving within a 3 state radius to cross your monthly race off the list.
- Treat yourself to something special: After several races I bought myself a bouquet of flowers from the grocery store or farmers market. It’s nice to do something special for yourself as a reward.
- The more the merrier. See if a friend or two would like to join you. Set the example for health and determination.
- The power of podcasts. There are a lot of great running podcasts out there – including several versions of the C25k. I liked this one by NHS Choices and also Suz’s C25K podcasts, Pod Runner Interval’s First Day to 5k podcasts, and the 5K101 series by Running Mate Media. I also am a huge fan of MotionTraxx, which has a ton of running workouts all pre-loaded for you and ready to go. And at RunningPodcasts.org you can find links to all sorts of running-related podcasts, suitable for all levels, from newbies to hard core marathoners.
Thanks for letting me share this journey with you!