Sooooo… DTG just signed us up for a 5K. For anyone who has no clue what the flip I’m talking about, that’s a 3.1 mile race. It may not sound like much, and in reality, it’s really not a big deal. But it’s still a race that we paid for. And I haven’t actually run 3 miles straight in who knows how long. We paid someone to run and get a shirt we may never wear again, but there’s something to be said about the energy, inspiration, motivation, and fun to be had from an organized race that you just can’t get from running on your own.
We’re no newbies to races. Neither of us have ever run a full marathon, but we’ve run multiple 5Ks, 5-mile Turkey Trots, 10Ks, and half marathons. Well, I’ve only run one half marathon, not multiple… I was too busy being pregnant for what seemed like an eternity. Plus, I don’t actually like running. That’s the real reason 😛
So in about 4 weeks we’ll be running our first race in over 3 years. It’ll be our first one since living in Texas, which is kind of sad, but I’m excited to get our final race in the States before moving overseas.
The race celebrates cancer survivors which makes it extra inspirational. The last few races we’ve run were the AF Marathon races in Dayton, OH. They were great, but I really enjoy the smaller scale ones benefiting different causes, as well, like the Children’s Miracle March 5K/10K we did a couple times in Ohio.
I’ll be “training up” until May 14th so I don’t get completely left in the dust by men and women twice my age. This is a good thing because I’ve been completely off my game lately. Unlike my husband who works out almost every day, I seem to go in waves. For a few weeks I’m in a good groove and feeling great, then I go into a slump for another month. I keep telling myself it’s all due to this graduate school business, but I’m not sure that’s a good excuse. And I don’t really like excuses. I’m just being a lazy heifer and that’s that. I needed this race to make me accountable. Sadly, I needed to pay to run so I could get my ass in gear.
Wish me luck… I’m gonna need it!
P.S. Just to put a little extra pressure on ourselves, goal time for DTG is <25 mins, goal time for me is <30 mins.