Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Countdown to Race Day
Every fall our family signs up to do a local race. Every year I take the easy out and sign up for the shortest possible race, the half mile. That's right, half mile. It's like the equivalent of running around my house a few times. It is the race for lazy people and 5-year-olds. I've told myself in the past that since I have a younger child who can't do a longer race, I need to sign up for the short one with her. I'm just doing my parently duty. But I'll admit it, there were times I had to slow to a walk on that long trek and catch my breath. So this summer, when my sister suggested we do a "couch-to-5k" training program, it sounded just my speed and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad to say, I really did stick to the program. (Thanks mostly to Netflix and 30 Rock - I can stay on the treadmill for hours as long as I'm entertained!) I have gradually worked my way up to running 3 miles at a time. Just the thought of doing that a few months ago would have winded me! My son will be running with me for this race (he already has a few 5k's under his belt) and I have to say that I'm not sure he'll be able to keep up!