5K (Half Ass) Training

HandshakeI agreed, on a handshake, to run a 5K; and I have less than 3 months to do it.

I know.  Three months is a long time to train to run 3.1 miles.  I get it.  But I am new to this running thing, and for someone who can barely run 1 mile, 3 miles may as well be across the country.   I am weak and out of shape and have almost no muscle tone to speak of.  Can you say FLABBY?  Oh sure, I  exercise here and there — take walks, ride my bike, lift groceries, lug laundry; the basics.  But to exercise to exhaustion?  No.  Not really.

I used to think that I didn’t sweat when I exercised.  The truth is, I never worked hard enough.  Oh sure, I’d break a sweat.  But it never got in my eyes and rolled down my body like the Mississippi River.

I can sweat!  And. I. Get. Soaked.    Who knew?

This running (and sweating) thing is new territory.  It’s exhilarating and satisfying and hard work.  I don’t have a training plan and am winging it instead.  Why?  Because I don’t like following rules.  And because I figured I could run every other day and gradually extend my distance until I hit 3.2.  Simple enough, right?

I’m up to two miles now.

I feel like an Olympian.

A soaking wet Olympian.

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