10 days ago I posted about my plans for training for my next 5k (14th December). I’ve actually managed to do better than I had hoped!
I’ve debated long and hard about posting this, but I decided to just leave it out there and then leave it be. As you know, I’m running 5k in the Aware 10k & 5k Christmas run. I’m also fundraising for it so if anyone is interested in donating through my fundraising page (as little as you like, or as much, that is entirely up to you!), follow the link below.
For more information on Aware, and their efforts at supporting people through depression, check out their website http://www.aware.ie/ Please note this is an Irish charity and donations are made in Euros.
I sincerely thank each and every person who has donated to this very worthy and much needed cause. I also really appreciate the support and encouragement I’m being given as I prepare for this run. Not one person has expressed doubt about my ability to run (and to run a 5k!). I can’t even begin to describe just how much that respect means to me.
If you don’t want to or can’t donate, please just wish me luck on the day, that would mean a lot to me!
On December 14th I’ll be running in my second 5k. As with my first, I’m a little nervous! But at least I know what I’m capable of, and that I CAN actually make a 5k, and in less time than I originally expected too. I’m still grinning over that!
So why the countdown to my next 5k?
Thing I Learned 3: Every runner has started somewhere. Experienced marathoners can be just as excited over my 5k as I am!
Good question, I’m glad you asked! I have a few things in mind to round out 2013. Since I started running the last few months have been so unexpectedly crazy and awesome, but have ultimately led to my having a self-confidence I’ve never had before, and never imagined I could have!
I’d like to end the year on the same note! So, my plan for the next month and a bit is:
This morning at 7am I was up and getting ready for my first 5k run. And when I say first, I mean first! The furthest I’ve ever been able to run has been 3k! This was also my first official, organized run and when I got up this morning I was soooo nervous! I hadn’t slept well, although I wasn’t tired and did feel energized. I got to the course extra early, as I didn’t want to arrive feeling rushed. I took the chance to soak up the atmosphere and shake off my nerves!
I had so many thoughts and impressions of the morning, I can’t really share them all, but here are the highlights!
“Great, I got that “excited/scared” feeling. Like 98% excited, 2% scared. Or maybe it’s more – it could be two – it could be 98% scared, 2% excited but that’s what makes it so intense, it’s so…confused. I can’t really figure it out.”
Oscar, Armageddon (1998)
In 5 days I’ll be running my first 5km; a Movember MoRun that I signed up for in August! I’m still feeling pretty good, although if I really stop to think about it I get a little hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach. I think the nerves are there, simmering under the surface.
I know I can do 5k. Technically I already do because on running nights I walk 2km home from work (briskly!), get in and changed and stretched and then I’m back out running my usual 3km route. I shouldn’t be nervous about 5km right?!
I can’t say ‘Next month I’m running a 5k’ anymore. It’s November…or should I say Movember?