Between finals, studying for the bar, switching jobs, and generally eating too much over the Summer. I had gained a good 30 lbs from my all time low last Thanksgiving. As I was contemplating my growing navel, I added one of the most downloaded books from the library to my kindle – Born to Run.
Now, it is a pretty motivational story about ultra runners. Ultra races can go as long as 100 miles over rough trails and extreme environments. One of the premises of the book is that humans evolved to become the worlds best long distance runners as a hunting technique. We do not have short distance speed of an antelope, but over a long distance we can slowly follow an antelope until it collapses from exhaustion.
So, after reading this book with examples of people twice my age running dozens of miles, I decided to get off the couch and start exercising again. I had never really run more than one mile at a time, so this was a big step for me. After a bit of research, I found a program that was designed for people like me – Couch to 5K.
The training process went surprisingly easily. The trick was to force myself to get out there and do it 3 times a week. Before I knew it, I was running for 20 mins at a time, then 25, then 30.
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Mid-October our office started to send around emails about Movember and a local 5k run for cancer research. As luck would have it, the end of my C25K program would correspond with this 5k run. It was fate.
I registered for the race and ask Noah if she wanted to come cheer me on. She responded that she wanted to run with me.
The day of the race we were lucky to have a morning break in the 3 solid days of rain that accompanied the weekend. The race went well. I underestimated the excited that came from running with a large mob of people.
I was all smiles at the end of the race.
My final time was 32:05. It was by no means a fast time, but it was an accomplishment for me. It was the first time I’d ever run 5k non-stop and my first long-distance race. All-in-all I feel it was quite an accomplishment to go from hardly being able to run for more than a few 100 yards to being able to cruise for 30+ minutes without a problem.