I Said I Wouldn’t Keep Running

I hadn’t even been home for two hours before I began searching the internet for future races. “What is wrong with me?” I asked silently. It’s what my neighbors said would happen.  That I would get hooked after I finished my 5K.  I assured them they were wrong and that I had more important things to do than to run on a road for no good reason whatsoever mile after mile after mile. And then I saw the 20,000+ runners and heard the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.  I heard the people cheering and saw the people passing out water.  That’s when it hit me:  This is a big deal. Yes, I only ran a 5K which is 3.2 miles.  But, I RAN A 5K WHICH IS 3.2 MILES! My friend @amynewberry and I started together, pushed through the two hills together and finished strong together with our best time yet of 37 minutes and 25 seconds. Amy and me We ran the race in Oklahoma City as a remembrance to the 168 lives that were lost on April 19, 1995 and to honor those who helped find survivors. Walk with a grateful heart today.  You are alive.

13 thoughts on “I Said I Wouldn’t Keep Running”

  1. I’m proud of you guys! I have a feeling I’m going to get “addicted” too. I’ve been consistently training & getting better. I’m getting more & more excited! Glad you decided to keep running. 🙂

  2. Personal bests are what these events are all about. That’s why I like sports like Cross Country and Swimming: It’s about you improving what you do for the good of your team. And while this isn’t exactly competition, the same applies when you have friends to run with. Keep it up!


  3. Same happened to me and now my friend and I are the crazies who want to “Race Across America!” : ) Next thing you know, you’ll be training for a marathon!

  4. I ran my first 5k almost three years ago and even though it was really HARD, I know it was a huge accomplishment! It may only be 3.2 miles, but man oh man, it’s 3.2 miles! You did good! Congrats, runner! 🙂

  5. A 5k is how it all starts… :):) Congrats on a job well done!!

    P.S. I highly recommend Route 66 Marathon! It too, has an amazing atmosphere!

  6. Congratulations! 5K is a big deal to me, I am impressed.

    I have rheumatoid arthritis and am advised not to run, due to the impact on my joints. Walking is recommended but those of us with this disease often have foot pain when we do too much on our feet.

    I found the solution and that is cycling. I love it! I am now up 33 miles. My husband and I often ride charity rides and enjoy it. He just rode in the MS150, a two day, 180 mile ride to benefit MS.

  7. yay for you cindy! we ran our first race saturday and i think i’m a little addicted as well!!!! 🙂 you really should join us next year for the half, you’d have a blast with ally and myself!!!

  8. that is awesome, cindy! i’m thinking once my health issues are under control, i should attempt to train for a 5K. that would be a good start.

    wasn’t crossing the finish line an amazing feeling?

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