Saturday, April 30, 2011

I did it!!!

Not once but twice! I ran a full 5k (3.1 miles) on my treadmill in 32 minutes! I ran my first full 5k on April 22 and I was so proud of myself. Now I know that 3 miles isn't like a marathon or anything, but it kind of felt that way to me. So I decided today to try it again and I ran the full 3.1 miles in 32 minutes! I ran/walked my first 5k in Nov. 2010 with my family in Utah in 0 degree weather (this CA girl is not used to the cold or the altitude anymore). So of course the fun part of the race was running it with my siblings and their spouses, however at the time I had been training for several weeks and I had gotten to the point where I could run 2.5 miles before needing to take a little walk break. And then prior to the race I hurt my knee...bad, so I had to stop running the couple of weeks leading up to the race. Found out that I may have had runners knee and that I wasn't running with the proper shoes. Anyway, my knee was killing me before the race even began, but off we went and at about the 2 mile mark, my knee got worse, but I just kept going, pushing through the pain walking and running at a very slow jog and finally there was the finish line with my family cheering me on! I finished the race and I was so proud of myself for doing it, but at the same time I was a little frustrated that I couldn't run it as well as I had wanted to. Fast forward, now I have the appropriate shoes and I have been running once a week along with exercising 4 times a week for 45 minutes and I am amazed at how much stronger I am. The fact that I ran that 5k the other day just shows me how far I've come and it feels good! Now I need to sign up for another 5k and this time around, I think that it will be a little better experience for me. Now who wants to join me?!!!


Turkey Trot 2010

9 fabulous comments:

Tami said...

Way to go!! I'm glad you were able to make it. The shoes totally make all the difference. I decided to be brave and sign up for a 10k on June 25th. Wanna run that one? :)

Lauren said...

Do it Melanie! We can all run together! ;) My boys are runninig the 5k if your boys want to run it with them...

Melanie said...

I so wish that I could run with both of you, but I have something going on that day. But let me know if you're up for another one. I would LOVE to run with you! :)

Andrea said...

Come run the Race for the Cure with me this weekend. You could come in Friday night and leave on Sunday. PLEASE? That would be so much fun. I'll even pick up your shirt and badge... oh, and you from the airport. Don't say "no".

Melanie said...

Annie, That would be so much fun and believe me, I am sooo tempted!!! Let's plan another 5k in July when I'll be there. See if you can find one. I want to run another one soon!

Muriel said...

Way to go! That is such a great accomplishment!

I'm signed up for a 10K in August, and I'm feeling nervous. Don't know if I can run two 5Ks in a row, let alone a half marathon in October. Yikes! What was I thinking??

Melanie said...

Go Muriel! That is awesome! I know what you mean though, that is a little daunting, but you can do it! :)

Karen said...

I LOVE this picture. It makes me happy, knowing that we did it together... and suffered together. Haha. Congrats on your running. I just can't get into the groove out here in China. Grrrr.

The Whitney News said...

Way to go Mel! I'll run a race with you next time we're together. That would be so much fun! You're just going to keep getting better and better!