Running for Roses

June 17, 2012

Yesterday I ran a 5K.

Perhaps “participated in a 5K” would be more a more accurate statement.

Since March I’ve been training for a 5K and yesterday was the big day — the Run for Roses 5K. I was a bit nervous because my program ended and then I got busy and kind of forgot to run for a while, so I got a bit (more) out of shape and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. In the end my mother convinced me that I put in all that work, I might as well do it.

So I dragged myself out of bed at some ungodly hour and made my way to the park. I don’t think I could have asked for better weather for this. It was a bit hot in the sun, but cool in shade — never ungodly hot, and not humid at all.

I was #424.

The next race I run, I will be better about my training. I had to walk more than I would have liked, and I finished very close to last (but not last), but I finished. And that is what is important to me. At the finish line every participant got a rose and a certificate. Everyone from my program also got a medal, so yeah, I was on top of the world when I crossed that finish line. The rose and the medal meant the most. They’re kind of symbolic, but even if I hadn’t gotten anything I would have been happy. I am honestly SO proud of myself.

There’s a book I got when I first decided I was going to start running (this blog is only 12 posts old, yet this surprises no one). It’s Running for Mortals. I read the introduction the first day I bought it, but then, as often happens, I got distracted by other books and I haven’t really progressed much farther in it. I still think I could learn a lot from it though.

When I tell people about my 5K my first instinct is to preface it with “I’m not really a runner, but…” but I’ve realized that I am a runner. I’m not a particularly fast runner, nor am I one able to run an entire 5K without walking — yet. I hate the saying “practice makes perfect,” possibly because the people who say that are often the same people who say that perfection doesn’t exist (and also possibly because I’m incredibly impatient), but I do think that practice makes better. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but it’s more accurate.

I don’t totally like running yet, but I’ll keep doing it — chasing that fabled running high — and in the process maybe I’ll get a bit healthier and learn a bit more about myself.

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