Since college, I have struggled with my fitness goals. Back then, I had played Division One soccer and had gone off to boot camp to join the military. I was in the best shape of my life, and I was happy (yes, even in boot camp). After college and my enlistment, I felt the lag of life starting to take hold. Work, marriage, and then having a family broke apart my commitment to working out. The great mystery and biggest reason for stopping was the time disappearance. To this day, I still don’t know where it goes? Maybe I should check the dryer, since that’s where all my family’s socks vanish off to. Another reason was just being tired. I am mentally spent from client requests and design deliverables during the daytime, and then family requests and mommy deliverables to attend to at night. The weather now is so appropriate to how I had felt through all those years – frozen. I was on hold, indefinitely…but from what?
When I first joined the Runitlikeamom blogger team, I thought that I would knock out some posts and that would be that. Immediately, I was asked by Sarah and Patty to compete with them at certain events, but I declined. Honestly, I was ashamed. The sleeping athlete in me was ashamed to reveal that the once great soccer player couldn’t even run two miles without feeling exhausted. I know that I couldn’t compete like I used to, so my solution was not to do it at all. But here’s the thing – normally, people would stop asking if someone declines an offer or two. Not the ladies of Runitlikeamom. They aren’t normal people (thank God) because they kept asking me, and one day I said yes. The athlete, then, started to stir.
At that time I set a realistic goal for myself: to do five, 5Ks races, in one year. Here are those races and the posts to back them up, in case you would like to try them out for yourself:
1. The Max O’Hartford in March
The Race of the Month through the eyes of another 5K newbie, Emily, at the time.
2. The Simsbury River Run in May
My take on running this race with some friends and a nod to the best band in the universe, the Beatles.
3. The Glastonbury McKeen Law Firm Race To Fill The Pantry in November
A humorous side of running this 5K written by Amy.
4. The Portland Maine Santa Hustle in November
The 5K I ran out of state with Sarah and Patty and the fun trip we made out of it!
5. The Hartford Ugly Sweater Run in December
Not only did I complete my goal, Sarah was able to complete hers with 12 races in 12 months (major fist pump)!
I was on cloud nine the moment I sprinted over the finish line in Hartford for the Ugly Sweater Run. I didn’t make a good time or smash any personal records, but what I did do meant so much more to me – I woke up the athlete. I made a simple goal for myself and I saw it to the end! Soon after I got a text from my 16-year-old niece congratulating me on the races she had seen through my Facebook posts, and asked me for advice on how to start training for her own 5K races. Rebeccah, honey, this next part of the post is dedicated to you. The first thing you need to do is give your Aunt Robin a high-five. Yes, I mean it – I want a high-five! Go ahead, right here on the screen – slap my hand! Anyone else? Come on – no one’s looking, and even if they are, who cares! Go, get it!
Yeah! That’s it! Now, go set the goal of running five, 5Ks, for this year. They don’t even have to be timed races (even though that kept my butt in gear to train for the next upcoming race) as long as you run 3-mile runs, five times, in the year, 2015. Sounds simple, right? It is, trust me!
I will still be running 5K races this year, but now that the athlete has awoken from its long slumber – it is hungry, so my first step is to feed it by upping my fitness level. I am about to walk out the door to my 5th day of hell week (I will blog all about it in part two). My muscles are tight and my whole body aches, but I will do my best Rocky Balboa voice by saying “no pain” as I step out into the snowy and frigid morning to go satisfy the athlete in me!