Hello folks! Hope you are all having a fantastic week. This past sunday, Kayla and I set out for a run – my longest run yet – just about 5 miles.
Anytime I run, I get a little nervous and excited beforehand. Some things I get nervous about are whether or not I’ll get too tired, or even if my sports bra will give me enough support. (valid concern, right?) I made sure to have some carbohydrates with my dinner to have energy for the longest run I’ve ever done. About 15 minutes before my run, I took some Energy Bits. (review and giveaway to come soon! hint hint..the fact that I’m even able to post about a 5 mile run says that the definitely work!)
Starting out – Mile 1
We started our run around 8 pm. We did about a half a mile fast-walk for a warm up, and then began running. I had this little water-bottle fanny pack type thing since I feel like something that holds me back from running longer is getting really thirsty by mile 2/3.
About halfway through this first mile, we both really had to pee! Luckily we were approaching a restroom. The park we were running in had benches and water fountains along the path as well.
I felt much better after emptying my bladder! I kept my pace up and was still able to see Kayla in front of me. I had my music, my water bottles, hat, and the path in front of me. What more do you need in life? Except for maybe food, clothing, shelter…minor details. :p
At this point, I could barely see Kayla – partially because it was pretty dark out and because I can’t see crap without my glasses. I had made peace with the fact that Kayla is just able to run at a faster pace for longer distances – and that’s fine. She’s been running longer than I have, so I shouldn’t make myself resent running by pushing harder than I’m able to handle. That’s the whole idea behind the name of my blog – run 2 your own beat. I’ve always been different from others in some respect, and whenever I find myself getting frustrated at falling behind, I tell myself ‘run to your own beat’. I’m okay with not being the fastest – I just kept running, knowing that I’m doing something great for both my mind and my body. Also, it had gotten really dark out, so we were pretty scared!
Somewhere between miles 3 and 4, my right ankle would hurt every time I would step on it. I don’t know why, but I always get worried that I’m going to injur myself, especially when running on an uneven surface. Regardless, I still kept running. My pace had definitely slowed down, but I still kept running nonetheless. The only time I really stopped was to figure out where we were going.
By the time we hit mile 5, I have no idea what kept me going – mentally, that is. Part of it might have been the rape-y looking pick up truck that we passed during our last mile, or the fact that the fastest way to get this path done was to just keep running – and that I did. I wanted the run to be over because it was so dark out, and I wanted to contemplate what I had learned about myself through this experience.
- I should never run at night. Seriously, ever.
- I am capable of running 5 miles non stop – eventually. Heck, I can run a half marathon too! All it takes is training, patience, and listening to my body.
- I know that I am now able to run a full 5k without stopping, which means…I’ve accomplished my goal of running a 5k by the end of the summer!!!
- I want to get my distance pace up a little bit. Right now, it’s around 6.3 mph (ish) and I’d like it to be closer to 7 mph consistently throughout a run.
I’m so thrilled to be able to say that I ran 5 miles. The feeling right after I finished is almost emotional. I was never a runner – even when I played field hockey as a kid, I played goalie because I didn’t like running very much. Then in middle school, I could never keep up with the other girls on the team who were much more athletic than me. I’m still astounded that I am able to push my body further than I ever thought possible.
Keep an eye out for my post with the Energy Bits review and giveaway 🙂
Questions for you:
What are your current fitness goals?
How do you push yourself to achieve them daily, and long-term?
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- I ran a 5k this morning – what did you do? (sparksse.wordpress.com)
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- What’s that I see? Could it be my MOJO coming back?! (runningfromforty.com)