Well, maybe I’m a tad wimpy every now and then. Last Saturday was certainly a proud moment for me. Initially I had heard that the route for the 5k run at Dodger Stadium had two hills. Not bad. Then I read the map wrong when I saw miles in tiny print reading it as hills. Miles, hills…ya…they look the same! On race day I nearly cried when I saw a FOURTH hill. Holy Sh**t!!! After that I lost track of how many we actually had to run over.
Running among the crowd made me feel strong with the exception of the times I had to walk to get over the Mount Everest sized hills that had a grade of 45% (or so it seemed). Nevertheless I pushed forward finishing at 46:55.
Considering it was my first 5K run, the route was very hilly, I mostly trained on a treadmill, I’m very overweight and I had that cold so close to the end of my training I did good! All the cheers from my friends online and in real life helped me to keep focussed. Running with my sister, my road runner cousin and her friend was a constant reminder that I’m not a wimp.
@BlenderMami you're the sweetest!! TY!!! And congratulations, too!!
— Catalina Juarez (@CatalinaInLA) March 16, 2013
The best part was when I received a tweet by Diana from Life Well Blended, a person I’ve known only online. She was inspired by me to run her first 5K, too. I’ve never had that happen before. I was very touched.
In keeping the momentum going this year I plan to run in at least 3 more 5Ks by November. And I’m debating in joining my cousin in an obstacle mud run — it’s intense. Next year we want to try running our first 10K. It can be done.