If you’re reading this, I’ve survived 25 hours of doing my best at training for the Spartan Race. Today marked a pivotal moment in running. I signed up for a 5k as a prep race at the end of the month, and today I was able to run 5k distance without having to drop into a walk.
I survived in part thanks to the dog in the picture. I told myself that if I just ran one more lap, I’d get to see the dog again.
I finished 3.2 miles in 41:16 seconds, which is great because my goal for the 5k I prepped for is to not drop into a walk, and to do it in 45 minutes. I’m thrilled that it looks like I’ll be able to do both.
I’ve grown in body strength as well. I can now do the monkey bars, climb up a pole, and do 6 sets of 5 push-ups.
When I wrote last, I could not do one single regular push-ups, and 5 modifieds was a painful effort. When I wrote last, I couldn’t even run half a mile without being forced to walk.
I love how I feel. I love how much stronger I am, and I love that I still have so many more months to go to get ready. I’m confident that if the race were in front of me now, I could finish it. I probably couldn’t run the whole thing. I probably would have to do a lot of burpees. I probably would have to rest between burpees, but I could do it.
This has not come without its struggles. I have 2 kids, and finding a way to manage them and still run is difficult. I was able to pick up a jogging stroller for my youngest, and for my oldest, and running laps around a playground so I could watch my oldest as he played.
I spent a lot of time running just 10-15 feet before going back to a walk. Upper body strength was the hardest. I played youtube videos of upper body workouts and did them at home. I couldn’t finish even the shortest workouts, and found myself struggling just to do 5 minutes on an easy one.
I got over my embarrassment of kids zipping past me on the park monkey bars as I did dead hangs because I couldn’t do even one.
I’ve come a long way, and I feel that at just 25 hours, the rest of the hours I have until the Spartan Race (September!) Will just make it easier and more fun.
I’m looking forward to updating you again at the end of April, with how I did in my prep-race.