Thursday, July 5, 2012

I did it!

I ran the 15K and I didn't die!

Tuesday night was amazingly itch-free! I slept through the night, no scratching, didn't even need to ice my hands or feet, and woke up feeling ready to tackle just about anything. Can I get a "Praise the Lord"?! (Seriously.)

Since I wasn't able to stick to my training plan too well for the last week or two, my main goal was just to finish. I set a hopeful goal of making it in under two hours, and I wanted to try to run the whole way without any walking breaks. But honestly, I didn't expect either of those two things to happen.

Well, I only walked long enough to guzzle a cup of water at two or three of the water stations, and also once when my music quit playing and I had to turn it back on. In total, that was probably less than a tenth of a mile of walking, so I'm gonna go ahead and say I ran the whole thing. I ran the whole thing!

And my official completion time was 1:49:33 (although as I ran past the finish, it showed 1:50:12, but I'm assuming that's because I crossed the Start line a few seconds after the race started). Definitely not a pace to brag about in running circles, but I'm 100% proud of it! I mean, considering my lack of training, issues with eczema, asthma, and the fact that this was my first time running longer than seven miles, I'll take it.

Here's how I looked at about 1.5 miles in:

Determined. Serious. Strong. "Bring it on!"


Aaaaaaand here I am at the finish line...

Tired. Sore. Ready to collapse. "I'm not even gonna TRY to make one final sprint to shave a few seconds off my time."

The aftermath: My knees ache like I'm 90 years old, and I got seven or eight pretty ugly blisters on my feet (a product of the eczema). But all things considered, that's not too shabby! My knees will be okay -- they're not injured, just tired. The blisters will heal eventually, too.

The original reason I wanted to do this race was to push myself a couple miles further than I'm used to, in order to gauge whether a half marathon could really be in my future. And honestly? While I'd hoped I would leave the 15K feeling pumped about training for a half, I'm not really sure about it now. It's not so much because of the creaky knees or fear of running a longer distance; it's more about the fact that two hours is a LONG time to be running. I love a good hour-long run, give or take 15 minutes, but once I reached about mile seven yesterday, I was over it. Not because my legs were tired or my lungs were fighting for air. I just wasn't interested in spending any more time pounding the pavement. I wanted breakfast! And social interaction! And maybe a mimosa or three!

So while I'm still not ruling out the possibility of doing a half marathon someday, I'm feeling less inclined to strive toward it in the immediate future. And I think that's okay. I can stick to 5K's and 10K's and mayyyyyybe, if I can work on improving my speed a bit, another 15K. But this realization that I don't need to train for a half marathon this year like I had been planning -- it allows me the freedom to explore other fitness endeavors. Lord willing, as soon as my feet are all cleared up from this eczema, I can get started on developing my skills as a Spinning instructor. And, I'm actually really stoked about doing martial arts with Joe, too. I had my one-week trial recently, and while I'm sure I have a TON of work to do on my form, I felt like I fit in pretty well and got a great workout. It's going to be fun kicking butt alongside my husband!

All in all, I'm glad I went through with the race yesterday, despite the risks. Praise the Lord for giving me a night of relief from the pain and itchiness so that I could be refreshed and ready to take it on!


  1. yay congrats tabitha on your first 5K, keep up the running!

  2. Congratulations on a great accomplishment. I can't imagine walking that far, much less running it. Hope your blisters and knees feel better quickly.

    1. Thanks Mom! Knees and blisters are doing much better already!

  3. Congratulations Tabitha!!! That's AMAZING! Pretty sure we saw this run yesterday!

    And now I'll get my butt off the couch so I can come pick you and your sis up! :)

    1. Thanks Amy!! And thanks again for picking us up yesterday -- it was fun worshiping Jesus with you. :)


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