The 5K Challenge is behind me now! It was all that and BIG bag of Baked chips ; ) In preparation for my blog this morning I took some time to reminded myself of my objective for setting this challenge up for myself in the first place. Did I reach my goal? Did I learn anything from the experience? Would I do it again??
First things first – I initiated this 5K challenge to gain more knowledge and actual experience in motivating & training my clients for 5K, 10K, half marathons and marathons. Running is an AMAZING sport/exercise. It’s low cost, you don’t need special equipment or a gym to do it and you can do it alone anytime of the day. Running is also great for boosting your immune system and one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining weight. It’s one of the leading ways to burn off extra calories. It ‘s also known to relieve stress and eliminate depression.
I also wanted to build up my cardio endurance and perhaps “learn” to appreciate and incorporate running in to my personal workouts. I started the training for the 5K six weeks ago and religiously followed the training schedule. I really never considered myself a runner simply because I didn’t ENJOY doing it as much as I did other forms of cardio activity. It honestly took me a couple of weeks to get over the mental block of the whole “I’m not a runner” mentality. Once I broke through the block, the remainder of the training was a much more enjoyable experience. I started to look forward to my runs and challenge myself by increasing my speed or decreasing my times on training days. NOTE – I didn’t say it was EASY! The training was still quite challenging at times however changing my mindset allowed me to gain more from the experience overall.
I did reach my goals! I gained additional knowledge and experience in nutrition, training regimens, proper running attire, stretching and the importance of mental strength necessary for runners. My cardio endurance did increase. Well I had nowhere else to go but UP! LOL I finished the race 17th out of 135 in my age/gender group! I consider those stats as Mission Accomplished : ) Going forward I will continue to keep running in my workouts. I don’t want to lose the momentum and need to start thinking about a 10K next?!?!
Would I do it again??? YUP YUP! This 5K was EXTREMELY special for me. I shared this journey with my BESTIE Robb. Robb is a constant source of support and encouragement for me. He is NOT A RUNNER! I repeat HE IS NOT A RUNNER! LOL He accepted the opportunity to share this experience with me and increase his cardio endurance in prep for springtime basketball. Although we did most of our training separately due to busy schedules, we still talked daily about the ups/downs of training. In the end we crossed the finish line TOGETHER, ENTHUSIASTIC & SMILING just like we started!