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Mark that 5k off my life list!

May 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Family Life

I don’t really have a life list.  I just have some goals in my head which I’m trying to figure out how to accomplish.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I will be fifty soon.  Like in 18 months.  How did that happen?  Anywhoo, I feel like I need to do “something” before that happens.

In my head, I have this kinda, sorta, concrete “something” as “I need to run a marathon by the time I’m fifty.”   I’ve begun trying to turn that into accomplish-able (is that actually a word?), smaller, goals.

This weekend I ran the 5k in the OKC Marathon.  In the wind.  And the cold.  And the RAIN.

As an experience, it sucked.  I mean seriously.  What’s not to like?  I woke up at 5:30 (why do these things always start at the butt-crack of dawn?) to rain and thunder.  I don’t think it stopped raining during the almost 3 hours I was there.  At one point, I wasn’t sure I wasn’t being pelted with sleet.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I never run outside.  The ground is hard.  There is no MPH thingie to keep me on pace.  It is either too hot or too cold.  There are pot holes to dodge.  Did you know some of those lane markers on the street are slick when wet?

Basically this was my first experience at actually running outside.  I ran the 5k in 55 minutes.  I’d never done that distance.  I had a tough time pacing myself.  I’d run for awhile.  And then come to a hill.  Which I would walk up.  I felt like I was always going up hill.  I thought I lived in a flat place?  The wind was wicked.  But I did it.

When I got home,and checked my time, I found I wasn’t too far off from my “normal” time working out in the warmth and light of my health club on my nice dry treadmill.  I thought that was a good sign.

I need to run outside more.  I need to find a 10k race to run later this summer.  I signed up to run a half marathon (13.1 miles! what was I thinking?!?) next February.  A clear identifiable goal.  Which I now need to breakdown into small managable steps to get me there.

Now I can mark doing a 5k off my list.  Or more accurately I suppose, make a list and then cross it off.  I need to work on improving my time.  Increasing my distance.  Cause I need to do something, like run a marathon, by the time I’m 50.




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