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Posted on Oct 29, 2010 in Working Out | 15 comments


Well guys, I did it! I signed up for my very first race. SOME’s 40th Anniversary Thanksgiving Trot for Hunger – a 5K! I’m going to run it with my sister, and I’m really jazzed! It takes place at 8:30 AM on Thanksgiving Day, which is good because then I can feel slightly less guilty about gorging myself on delicious Thanksgiving food later that day, hehehe.

It is for a good cause, so if any of you feel like sharing your hard-earned cash monies, feel free to do so by clicking here. No pressure though! All I really want is you to donate is your words of encouragement, because I’m starting to realize just how soon this is going to be happening! Ahhh!!

I am officially going to be stepping up my training starting on Monday. I’m going to start following the Couch to 5K program, but luckily since I’m not actually starting from the couch I think I can bump up a few weeks. Which is really necessary because it’s a 9-week program and the race is in 4 weeks! Omgggg, I’m really freaking out now.

No, but really, this is going to be great motivation for me. All I want to do is be able to finish it. Obviously I want to be able to run the whole time, and I’ve already worked up to running 1.4 miles so it’s like I’m kinda-sorta halfway there, right? I just need to make training for this regular, regimented, and stick to it!

Do you guys think I’m crazy for doing this? I think this is going to be a really important step in my journey so far. An important goal to cross off of the list, because it proves that I’m not just doing this all for the inches on my waistline and the numbers on the scale. I’m doing thisΒ for fitness. For health. And for charity – hooray!

Feel free to give me your candid opinions on whether or not I’m totally out of my mind for thinking I can do this. And please share any tips you seasoned racers out there may have! I’m thinking positively here, though. I mean, did I ever think in the past 22 years of my life that I would ever try to run a 5K? πŸ™‚

I know this is an awkward way to end, but check out Anne’s blog for her Mighty Leaf Tea giveaway! I need to be cool like all the big kid bloggers and do things like giveaways. Maybe it’ll make some you lurkers creep out of the woodwork and comment. πŸ˜‰


  1. Yayy! I’m so glad you signed up! The Turkey Trot is really fun, and SOME is a wonderful organization. If it weren’t on Thanksgiving morning, I would be right there beside you, but I’ll be home already I think. Like you said, you’ve already run about half the distance, I think if you put in a few weeks of solid training, you’ll do great! I’m so proud of you Gretch! Maybe I can sneak in a few runs with you during your training!

    • Well you always know that if your Thanksgiving plans end up changing at all, I could use another motivator running alongside me! πŸ™‚ I definitely want to work in at least one outdoor run each week as I’m charging up for the race, so be prepared to be dragged along!

  2. I’m super excited to run this with you!! Just try to run a few times a week to get ready and remember that it’s mostly mental. If you think you can, you can!

    • Thanks, sis. At least I’ve got you there to help drag me along, too! πŸ™‚

  3. Cool beans! I will say that I trained for like 2 months for my first (and only) 5k and still had to walk a little because of the difference in terrain. However, this was also in July so the 70 or 80 degree heat at 8 in the morning I’m sure did not help. Practice running outside Fo Sho!

    • Yeah, I mean obviously the goal is to run without walking, but I don’t think I’ll be tooooo disappointed in myself if I can’t. I think it just all depends on how far I can work up running in the weeks before with training. Definitely need to practice running outside, especially with the weather getting cold now!

  4. You are not crazy at all- I think you can definitely do it! I convinced my friend last year to run her first 5k. When she learned that that meant 3.1 miles she was ready to give up, but she did it and now I’ve convinced her to run a 10 mile race next spring. You’ll be surprised how much the adrenaline will help you out. And don’t be ashamed to walk if you need to. There’s nothing like preparing for a race to make you actually EXCITED to go out for a training run πŸ™‚

    • You’re so right. For the first time, um, EVER I’m actually excited to run multiple miles! How ridiculous is that? We’ll see how my attitude changes this afternoon once I START said running, haha, but right now I really am jazzed. And everyone seems to think that this isn’t an impossible goal, so here’s hoping! πŸ™‚

  5. i am sooooooo proud of you! you can absolutely do this!!!!

    • Thanks, Lala! Coming from a superrunner like you, that means so much! Ahhhh here’s hoping!! πŸ˜€

    • Awesome, Karen! Let me know how you’re finding it, too. It’s kind of nice working towards a real, tangible fitness goal like this, don’t you think?

  6. Yay that’s awesome Gretchen! Four weeks will be plenty of time, especially considering you’ve already worked up to 1.4 miles πŸ™‚ You’re golden! Good luck and you can do this!! 5k’s are fun and I love Turkey Trots πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Anne! Hopefully I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew, but everyone seems to think that it’s enough time, so today is Day 1 of real “training!” πŸ™‚

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