My first 5K (before)

Remember in school when you were forced to run a mile in P.E.? That was always the worst day of the year for me.

When I was in 8th grade I remember thinking seriously about taking a hammer to my own toe to get out of running the mile. This is a true story.

I think that is particularly warped thinking even for a 14 year old girl.

Today I am getting ready to run my first 5K. The weather says we will probably get rain. Possibly thunder storms, but here I am with my running shoes on and everything.

Being a parent does strange things to people.

I always imagined that I would be the kind of mom that run into a burning building for her children. It never once occurred to me that I might run three miles – in a row – in front of people – for my kids. But my daughter joined a running club at school and she needed an adult to run a 5K with her.

So here I am.


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ps – I wrote about the female anchors on ESPN wearing too much makeup over at MamaPop. Some of the commenters think I am a real jerk. Feel free to go over there and stick up for me, or you know, call me names. Whatever.

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  1. Good for you! That’s the only way in hell I’d ever run a 5K would be for one of my kids, but thankfully none of them have asked. Good luck!

  2. If I wasn’t forced to take PE, I could have been valedictorian of my high school class. As a lifetime PE-hater and three-year on and off runner (currently “on”), I send a virtual high five and advice to stretch well afterwards, drink lots of water and have someone roll your muscles out afterward. You’ll scream, but you’ll feel better afterward. Good luck!

  3. Girls on the Run, by chance? We started that at my school this year. So funny….turning 40 last year made me take a good look at my health. I lost 30 pounds and started running for the first time in my life. I set a goal to run a 5K … My first … By my 40th birthday. I did it and have done a few since, twice as my niece’s running buddy. My next goal is a 10K, but I’ve done nothing to train for it, lol.

  4. I’m thinking you died after this 5k cuz I keep waiting for the AFTER post. I’ve been running 5ks for a couple years now, starting with the C25K program just as something I could say I’ve done. And now I run at least one every year, just to keep myself …doing something. My 10yo will not be running with me, she hates it :)

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