From 5 Steps to 5k

If you would have told me a year and a half ago that I was able to run an entire 5k race without stopping, I would have laughed. If you would have told me that I didn’t come in last place, I would laugh even harder. If you would have told me that I valued running that race enough to pay $20 to enter, I’d be on the floor unable to breathe I’d be laughing so hard.

I’ve never been a runner. I’ve always been the slowest kid in my class. I could barely pass the mile test they made us run in middle school. I just did not have the stamina or the willpower to be a runner. So, running not one but two five kilometer races this year was a huge accomplishment for me.

 Here's a photo of me and my best friend before our first 5k.

Here's a photo of me and my best friend before our first 5k.

I didn’t start out my health and fitness journey with the goal of running a 5k in mind. I actually didn’t think about running at all. I just wanted to be able to WALK without feeling winded. However, once I was able to do that I began to think about a lot of things that I thought was unthinkable for me. I started going to our campus gym. I wanted to be able to run half a mile without stopping. I was able to accomplish that fairly quickly. Then my goal was a mile. Running was fun for me because it was so easy to measure progress. I really started enjoying it. I even downloaded an app called Map My Run to keep track of my time and distance better. I wanted to get faster and faster and be able to run farther and farther. It almost became a game for me.

At one point I was talking to a coworker about my newfound love for running and turns out she was the perfect person to talk to! She had run a marathon and several half marathons in her life. She suggested that I should sign up for a race since I enjoyed it so much. Before, it had never even crossed my mind that I could be in a race. I didn’t even know how to go about it. After googling for a total of .2 seconds, I was able to find several 5k races close to me in the very near future! I convinced my fitness buddy, Michelle, to run a race with me. We were both super pumped.

 My sister and I after my second 5k and her first!

My sister and I after my second 5k and her first!

Leading up to the race, I wouldn’t say that I really changed my “training” regimine which was pretty much just running whatever I felt like running. My goal was that I wanted to be able to run the entire thing. I went to the gym about a week before the race to see if I could run 5 kilometers without stopping. To my shock, it was so easy for me! I felt that it should be much harder. I had never run more than 2 miles before just because I get bored after a while of running. But to my surprise, I had built up enough strength to run that far!

The day of the race I got a little nervous. I was worried the path may have too many hills or I might get tired and not be able to reach my goal. But I was determined. I was thankful to have brought Michelle with me or I might have considered backing out. I am happy to report that I was able to run the entire way without stopping and even finished 74th out of about 150 people. I ran another race about a month later with my sister. We didn’t run the whole way because I just wanted us both to have fun and do something together.

I wanted to share my experience because we all have those things that we kind of want to do but never think we’d be able to. Before I started on this journey, I was the laziest person I knew. So I wanted to prove to you that if the laziest person ever can run a 5 kilometer race, you can accomplish whatever goal may be seemingly impossible to you. It just takes a little hard work and determination and in time you can reach your goal too!