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My Entire Body Hurts but I Did It!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

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Today I completed my first 5K! I signed up for the Trick or Treat 5K Walk/Run. Figured I had plenty of time to prepare and joined a training program. First day training 15 minutes, piece of cake! Well as the weeks passed I never managed to walk again until this past Tuesday. The fighter in me wanted to do the 5K anyway, my good friend agreed to walk with me.
Yesterday I really started to worry what I'd done. The truth is I'm really out shape. Just because 11 years ago I did the 3 Day Breast Cancer walk, 20 miles a day for a total of 60 miles didn't mean I could just get off my butt and do a 5K.
Well I was really worried this morning as I set out, I had to do it, I had to at least try.
Beautiful sunny, cool fall day. Walked around a lake, would need to do two laps for the 5K. After 15 minutes I knew I was in trouble. FIFTEEN MINUTES! No way was I going to stop after fifteen minutes. I was mad at myself, mad at my body for not just doing what I asked despite all the abuse (neglect really) I had subjected it to. I wanted my trophy! I wanted to update my status to say that I had completed my 5K! I wanted to add Goal Met when I huddled with my Team! So I kept walking, my friend was a great help. I didn't want to fail in front of her so I kept walking. I was afraid if I stopped I would not be able to continue. When I had finally pushed past the "no way can I do this" I took a 2 minute rest. I was gratified that my body got up and went again. After 60 minutes I had done my two laps, my 5K! Now all I had to do was make it to my car. When I could see my car I suddenly found myself sprawled out on the ground! Now how did that happen? One minute I'm walking, the next flat out on the pavement. I was ok, got up without too much effort and reassured my friend and the bystanders that I was fine. I guess you could say I ended my 5K with a bang... and a bump!
Next time I plan to train like somebody with some sense. Spark On!

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    I am so proud of you and I enjoyed your blog. You can do anything you put your mind to do. I am always proud to be your friend. Congratulations emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • EM1388
    WAY TO GO! Good for you for keeping yourself going and showing yourself you can do it! I'm proud of you and extremely happy for you!
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    hopefully u can use this accomplishment to motivate you to create a consistent walking plan for yourself, work up from 15 min to 20 and then beyond, never forget how good it feels to accomplish your goals! :D
    3474 days ago
    I know exactly how you felt as I felt the same way last year in the Great Aloha Run. I walked the 8+ miles and really didn't think I could do it, but I didn't give up and did it just like you. Sometimes we just need to push on and think "I CAN DO IT!"

    Proud of you!! WTG!!!!
    3474 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10490431
    LOL..its so true when you want to do something better then what your ready for its so frustrating..but i remember i would just promise to do a certain minimum and then go over only if i was still feeling good and then raise the bar when i was getting consistent. You will figure out your own formula again! That is awesome 60 miles..if you can do that wow..you can do anything!! That I do have to say!
    3474 days ago
    So proud of you! Great job!
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    Congratulations on completing your goal!!! You did great, but you really should train a little beforehand. I am so glad you didn't hurt yourself.
    Take care. You are doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3475 days ago
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    3475 days ago
    At least you finished and learned from it. Next time will be better!
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  • DEDE824
    Glad you survived this! Goal met, and I applaude you for that. Please don't stress your body this way again. Like you mentioned, conditioning before hand is what's needed. Hope tomorrow is a recovery day!! emoticon
    3475 days ago
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