I feel rather accomplished.
I successfully ran the 5K path around Somerset this morning.
The route is mapped out for our annual Somerset Stampede-5K and Marathon in August.
I have yet to participate in any kind of organized run
though I have been doing the 5K thing regularly since college.
I never ever in a million trillion years thought I would be a "runner."
I don't have an athletic bone in my body.
Or at least I never thought I did.
But seriously, the mere contemplation of running was almost nauseating to me.
I couldn't imagine running.
For longer than 5 seconds.
And I still don't think of myself as a runner.
But here I am.
And I've even seen improvement over the years.
Well, I didn't know I had improved until Kevin went running with me this winter.
It had been a couple years since he ran with me.
And he was shocked at how much faster I was running.
I had no clue I was speeding up.
But it was nice to know.
I'm still only at an 8 minute mile
(slower out on the hills around camp.)
But I'm proud of myself.
And after last week's impromptu trip to Walmart,
I feel rather stylish out there.
I have awesome running/workout clothes.
And for GREAT prices.
There really is something to be said about feeling good when you're working out.
All that to say, I ran the official 5K.
Which means I know I can run the race in August.
Last week I tried to find the path into the woods and around the lake,
but I totally failed.
Today I was prepared though.
I knew what I was looking for.
"In this general area right here."
I had to jump a fence.
And run lots of hills.
And plow through deep, wet grass.
And muddy trails.
And spider webs.
And I battled the bugs.
But I made it.
And in three minutes less than I anticipated.
Go, me! :)