In April 2014 I signed up for my first 5K – which was a fun run and I signed up with my husband and younger son.
I did terrible. I had trouble even walking it. My dear husband walked it with me and we had to stop several times due to my cardio and wonky ankle. I’m not sure I even finished the full 5K, I think we might of turned around at the 1 mile point because I was struggling so much.
Now, please understand, this was not my first foray into running. I was in the Army 4 years where they require you to run under 8:30 minute mile in a 2 mile run to stay in – so I’ve ran – it had been a long time – but I was familiar with it and I wasn’t a fan. Even now I know running will never be easy – I could have an ‘easy run’ which means I’m not struggling with every step – but it is still hard.
Now back in that first 5K in April 2014 I hadn’t been diagnosed with hypothyroidism – my doctor discovered that in June or July of 2014 so the full effects were being felt. Also, I was still being plagued by my knee and ankle injury even though that accident happened 10 years earlier. Needless to say it didn’t give me grand hopes that one day I would be a runner.
Fast forward to now, September 2016. It has been 5 months since I accidently signed up for my Disney 1/2 Marathon which is in January 2017.
I started training by going on walks with my husband at the local state park. Then I started running. First for 30 seconds spurts, then a minute and eventually I ran (slowly jogged) for 30 minutes. Yay!
I continued training building up my endurance by running 3 times a week; Day 1 – 30 minutes of speed drills, Day 2 steady state running, also for 30 minutes and Day 3 steady running for distance.
Then I had my first 5K since 2014. It was called The Buzz Color Run and it was on May 21st. It was fun.
It was at an airfield. They had a DJ and lots of colored soap bubbles to dance in to warm up before the race, to run through during the race and to dance in until it was over or you got tired of your feet being wet.
Overall it was a good start. My husband, son and our friends joined me. I was slow but I did the 30 second running and minute walking until it was over and I made it through. Again – yay! There was a problem – the course was shorter than the 3.1 miles of a normal 5K so I felt a little deflated because I didn’t know my baseline for a 5K.
So, the next day I signed up for a 5K being ran on the upcoming Saturday at the local State Park. Again my friend Darlene and her son joined us. This time it was a full on 5K and my husband wasn’t running with me – he was running his own race.
This time I did manage to get a good time (for me) and even though it was slow it was an improvement on the Buzz Run. I now had hope in that I would be able to get under that 16 minute mile pace for the Disney Half Marathon.
It was time to get ready my next challenge. I had signed up for a 3 race series that was asking for a 15 minute pace. The first one, a 2 mile race, was in 3 weeks, a month later the 5K and 2 months later a 10K. I was about to hit my first real hurdle in my plan to run the Disney 1/2 Marathon – but it was different than what I thought it would be.
To be continued in Part 2.
In the Disney 1/2 Marathon I am running to support the charity The Scott Carter Foundation which raises money to fight childhood cancers. If you would like to support them and myself you can go here and donate. Thank You!