This last weekend was my first 5K race in four years! The last (and only!) one I did was back in the UK when Dex was a baby. I ran the Race for Life to raise money for cancer. This time, I was running just for fun and for a way of hanging out with friends.
Even though circumstances were not ideal, I had a whole lot of fun, anyway! The weather was a bit iffy. We’ve had a lot of rain lately, and the skies were overcast, fields were quite muddy, and it basically turned all the chalk colors into runny paint. But it didn’t matter.
My amazing husband ran with me, of course. Or should I say he walked with me. Being the fatty unfit person I am, I was out of breath quickly. And I was nursing double foot injuries, to boot. So it took us a lot longer than any of our friends to actually get to the finish. It didnt help that most people were walking due to the slippery mud, and the trails we were running were often narrow and difficult to get past people. But as I said, we didn’t care. We had fun anyway.
The going was so slow at times that we were even able to stop and get selfies along the way. And since we don’t get many date nights or time to ourselves, we were treating this whole thing as a sort of date. Funnily, the man at the start line asked us if it was our first date! Ha! I told him we had three kids, and he just laughed and said, “Nah, it’s your first date! I can tell.” I guess that’s just how we act when we’re alone together. Still young and in love after all these years.
We did manage to run across the finish line, which was nice, and we met up with our friends who had long since finished. I think I was covered in more color than anyone else, but that MAY have been because I laid on the ground and rolled in all the spilled color that people had thrown. Plus, I totally got hit with a slime gun about 3/4 of the way through the race, and I had congealed yellow goo all over me. FUN!
All in all, it was a happy fun time. It was also the jumping off point for me for a new endeavor. I am tired of being unfit and unhealthy. I weigh more than I’ve weighed in YEARS, including when full term pregnant! So I have decided that I’m going to be focusing on getting fit now. It’s time. I’m 33 years old, and I have no energy anymore. That’s not the life I want.
Anyway, I’m all signed up for another 5K in July, and this time I hope to be able to run at least some of it! It’s another “fun run” called the Fro Yo 5k, and if you can’t tell by the name, I get frozen yogurt for running it. WOO!
What are your favorite ways of exercising? Do you run? Have a favorite 5k race? Let me know! I want to do more!