Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Point 5K

Yesterday Sean, my brother Jim, and I ran the 5K at Thanksgiving Point. I'd been training for over a month on the "Couch to 5K" program, slowly working my way up to being able to run 3.1 miles straight. I've struggled for years with my knees, and I was hoping that if I started really slow I'd be able to work up to it without trashing my joints. It ended up working pretty well, and the past two weeks I've been running a 5K three days a week.

We woke up yesterday morning to a bit of a surprise. The weather has been really nice lately and I thought the threat of snow was over, but I was definitely wrong. There was about four inches of snow on the ground, and it was still coming down when we left for Thanksgiving Point. I was a little worried about it, but I also know I run better in the cold. Luckily the weather cleared up just before we started the race and it was a really beautiful, scenic run.

I felt like I did really well and finished with a time of 36:19, very close to my best ever 5K time. My brother finished just about 30 seconds ahead of me, and it was so cool to have him there with me at the finish line. Sean hasn't had the time to train that I have because he's had finals all month, but he finished only about five minutes behind me.

I think we've both really caught the running bug now, and we will be running the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure next weekend. I just love running, especially with a large group of people. I'm looking forward to continuing to train throughout the summer, and hopefully by fall I'll be back to my pre-pregnancy weight and in great shape!

P.S. - If you'd like to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, click here to go to my personal page. My goal is to get $100 in donations this week. Thanks for your support!


Christine said...

Congrats on the great run... glad your knees held through!

Nicole said...

What? i didn't know you were back to running? you amaze me to do a 5k just months after you've had a baby. wow. great job on your time and I'm really impressed!!

Cathy Brooksby said...

Good job sweetie. You are amazing. I am working on jogging for more than 3 min during my walk. :)