Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Habitat Run

In an effort to motivate myself I signed up for some events with friends. The first of which was the Habitat Run/Walk 5k benefiting Habitat for Humanity. A 5K is just over 3 miles...not a huge distance. My husband is out of shape and he can run 3 miles in about 29 minutes.  At his top performing body he could likely shave it down to 21 minutes. Yes, it totally irritates me.

 I am completely out of shape. But when I set this up I had complete faith that I would find a way to get up every day and work out. I mean ok...I know that I tend to be lazy. But I really thought this would be the motivator. I am so very very stupid.

My work schedule changed the week before the race. I had planned that I would get off work, drive straight there having had plenty of rest before my shift. Instead, I didn't sleep before work. I got home and slept for an hour, then got up and left. Yeah, I know I'm an idiot.  I think if I was 10 years younger I could have pulled it off.

I had the benefit of doing the run with two great friends (together we make the Toxic Trio) and a sassy toddler. I was thinking to myself "Thank god I'll have them to push me!"

But as soon as the buzzer went off...I knew I was going to die.

Luckily none of us ever had the intention of running. I giggle as I type the very word. I love to run honestly. Or I used to love to run. But then somewhere along the road I stopped exercising.....completely.

So we started out at a brisk walk. My Slammi kept telling me to push ...."Come on Dre! You can go faster!" But I couldn't I was so fried that my slow was my all.

It was only 3 miles....Remember in high school running around the football field. I was the one getting yelled at and only pulling a 12 minute mile. Oh that I could have pulled that for the Habitat Run.

Because of me we were the last to cross the finish line. WE WERE NOT THE LAST OF THE PARTICIPANTS...just to be clear. The other 5 people took their walkers and cute out the last leg of the race.

I totally felt like I let down my friends. I wanted to be faster for them.


I finished it today and deleted the part where I said I was going to try harder and do more before the Spirit of Benny run on March 23rd. It's now only 2 weeks away and I have yet to do more to prepare. But I still have hope for myself. At the very least I plan on sleeping the night before and drinking a lot of water.

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