Sunday, February 20, 2011

Training For A 5K

Let me preface this by saying...I have NEVER been a runner! Nor have I ever claimed to be. Even when I was playing softball, volleyball and soccer...I wasn't a runner. It just seemed pretty pointless and boring in my opinion and it was not something that I found any enjoyment in.

However, in recent months I have realized that I could make it fun if I had some kind of goal attached to it. After looking up 5ks in Atlanta, I realized that there are tons of 5ks all the time. While browsing I saw one for Susan G. Komen. Well how is May 7th, which gives me some time to train and I can raise money for a great cause! I decided to register as an individual, rather than forming a team. I just felt like it is much better to depend on myself rather than try to get people to do something and run the risk of them flaking out.

Another reason why I decided to do this alone is symbolic. Me racing as an individual is symbolic of the women that face Breast Cancer on their own. The women who don't have family or friends that can be there at the hospital, at doctor's appointments, through chemo and radiation. I am racing for them, so that I don't have to know anyone diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

With that being said, I will be starting Couch to 5K tomorrow morning. Its a 8 week program and my race is in about 11 weeks. So I am giving myself extra time to be prepared. I am really excited and want to be my personal best and be able to say that I am doing something for a great cause :)

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