With Kayla's help I was running and feeling more energized in no time. My skin cleared up and my running times sped up. Then I ran my first 5 mile race on Thanksgiving, and though I may have finished last (55minutes--people in Beaverton are FAST--you know you're last when you are promised coffee and donuts at the finish line and by the time I got to the table all hints of food had completely vanished), I FINISHED and at a PR pace at that!
|I'm being kept warm by two wonderful runners! Photo credit FitLifeForward|
Unexpected DetoursShortly after the race we had a pretty big health emergency and it left me a caregiver for my hubby and still working full-time. This event all but cut my running schedule. Thankfully, his injury wasn't life threatening, and within a month he has already made leaps and bounds back towards health, which has brought a normalcy back to our household I didn't know I would miss. This week our goal is to have Ktams driving again, and that means that my running schedule can get back on track.
So of course, when Kayla posted the group discount number for the Shamrock Run in Portland in march, I couldn't help but wonder...could I still hit my original goal of 15k on St. Patty's Day? I will have been running consistently again for 2 months, and after seeing what I could do in just 1 I was sort of nervously excited. "What if I fail?" I kept asking Ktams--and he, as my better half does, kept encouraging me. So on Saturday evening I registered myself for my first 15K race. From 5 miles to about 9 miles--I'm almost doubling my distance ability. I have the support of not only my spouse, but a great coach and friend, and when I told Kayla that I was all registered, she jumped into action, creating a wonderful running schedule for my endeavor.