It has been a while since I wrote a post about my efforts to run a 5K. It’s hard to believe that so much could happen in 9 or 10 weeks, but it did. I trained for a 5K. I found out my Mom was sick; Really sick. My entire world changed. It felt that anything that could happen did and all at once!!
My Mom, Beverley Anna Vollick, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on March 29 at the age of 70 years old. The period between March 11 when she went into the hospital and March 29 seemed to pass in the blink of an eye and I sort of lost my focus on training. I plan to write more about my Mom in another post, so keep your eyes open for that.
When I started week #8, (the final week) of the Couch to 5K program, I figured I was in good shape, even though I had had a two week break between runs. I ran day #1 and day #2 on the treadmill and actually felt pretty strong. I was pumped and ready to face the challenge of getting to 5K and getting outdoors mid-April for the final few weeks of my training. For day #3 of that week I decided to go for an outdoor run and see how that went. It was tough. Really tough. It seemed that all the cardio training I had done to build up to that point was lost and I wondered what had happened. I found out the next day when I woke up with a cold!! So much for a few weeks of outdoor running. My cold stuck around for just over a week and that meant no real training outdoors. Not the way I drew up the plans for my 1st race!!
I still stayed committed to my goal of running in the GoodLife Toronto Marathon 5K, on May 6 and to her credit, a friend of mine, Amanda committed to running the race with me. This was probably a good thing, because with the cold and everything that happened, I likely would have said forget it and skipped the race.
My gut told me that I could do it and I believed I could to, even if it meant I had to walk part of the 5K due to the obstacles that I encountered in March and April. I wasn’t going to let them stop me and I was going to get to race day and the finish line on my own two feet!! Stay tuned later this week for my thoughts on my 1st 5K race and the race day experience!!