For those that don’t know, 5k is just over 3 miles. It’s sounds so far doesn’t it?
Let’s see… that’s….
- 12 laps around a standard track
- 5,280 yards
- 15,840 feet
- 190,080 inches
- less then 1/8th of a marathon (which means I ran 8 – 5ks in a row when I ran the marathon? Yikes!)
- Visiting NY anytime soon? It’s about the distance from Penn Station to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (MAN I would like to walk that this summer :)
If you would have asked me if I could run 3 miles a few years ago I would have said you were crazy. But I tried it on the treadmil. Then I ran my first 5K event. Then 6 miles. Then 10. My first half. And finally a whole freakin’ full marathon!
I hit a few walls on the way…
- First there was overcoming the "I’m not a runner" wall.
- Then there was the "I can’t run outside" wall.
- I then ran right through the "event" wall. That’s when I got hooked. The energy of an organized running event is SO contagious. After that first 5K I knew I wanted to do it again. I almost immediately signed up for a relay in the Baltimore Marathon.
- There was also the "running on vacation" wall.
- Then I broke the "40 minute" wall. Soon my next event… longest run at that point, 6 miles.
- The "others see you as a runner" wall was a strange one for me.
- I even ran right through the "running in the cold" wall.
- Last year there was the "am I really an Athlete" wall. I really didn’t think I would be able to progress past 3-4 miles and then I was able to run 9 miles, alone, in the rain, not to mention 20 miles on my own when my marathon training tanked.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish just by taking the first step and that’s what this question of the week is all about. Are you willing to take that step. Do you believe you can really do it?
I think you can and Tony the Anti Jared has come up with a great idea to get you started!
It’s a informal commitment to run/walk/crawl/whatever a 5k on Sunday May 23. We will be putting up a Paypal account to accept donations for Action For Healthy Kids and hope you would consider not only participating but helping a worthy cause as well.
So what do you think? Can you run/walk/stroll 5k? Are you willing to take that first step with Tony and I on May 23rd?