Back in September, my best friend, Erin, and I ran our first 5K race. We started training for it in June. Running has been a huge part of the reason I have not been a very good blogger lately. It takes a lot of planning and coordinating with Gerry and leaves little room for much else. At the end of the day I needed to decide...run or blog? And this summer, running won.
Both of my sisters-in-law, Kelly and Laura, have been a huge inspiration to me. They have been running for a long time time now and I have been saying for while that I really need to do that. In June 2011, the rubber finally hit the road and I started. I used the iPod app "Couch to 5K" to get me started. I was pretty athletic in my younger years. I was always playing a sport in high school...soccer, softball. But I've never run just to run. I will admit it was hard to get going but having an awesome running partner helped a lot.
And on September 17th all our hard work paid off. Erin and I ran the Alzheimer's Association 5K which was in downtown St. Louis. The starting line (and finish line) was right outside Busch Stadium.
Our final time was something like 40:11, but then later found out that the course was mapped wrong. Instead of running 3.1 miles, we ran more like 3.9 miles. So we actually ran a 10.3 minute mile, which was pretty good for our first race. (We actually ran another one in October...will post on that soon!)
|The girls and Erin at 5:30 am! Ready to go!|
|My wonderful, supportive husband and myself before the race!|
|Snuggled up in the wagon getting ready to watch the race.|
|Our cheering section! So cute!|
|Here we are on the home stretch!|
|Crossing the finish line!|