That pretty sums up how my first ever 5k went. I’m astounded people can run this distance without blinking, but as with most things I guess practice makes perfect.
The running event I took part in was the City v Wharf run involving companies based in those parts of London. As my company is based in the city, that’s the side I ran for.
I’ve never managed to run more than 2.5k before, so I knew this would be the hardest physical challenge I’ve attempted. I quit the gym a year ago to save money for my baby Zack, so I’ve gotten pretty out of shape. I did a couple of training runs beforehand to see how I coped.
As you can see, they didn’t go well. Nevertheless, Running Day rolled around and I gave it my best. Due to that, I have no regrets… even though I didn’t manage to go the whole distance in one go. I had to slow to a walk three times to catch my breath. In the end, I crossed the finish line in 33 minutes.
I consider this to be a small victory, but a victory nonetheless. We were all running in cold blustery weather and the rain hit us roughly 2km into the run. The bright side of this is that we were blessed with a rainbow 🙂
As tough as this run was for me, it reinforces my belief that running with other people is the best way for me to run… be it in a gym or outdoors in a group. I’ve tried running alone. It sucks. But when everyone around me is exercising, it really keeps me motivated 🙂
Between work and parenting, I’m not sure how time I can invest in group running events. But I do know this… I’m definitely a runner now and I’m going to keep doing it!
Thanks for reading, folks! Until next time 🙂