For pretty much my entire life I have considered myself to be the opposite of athletic. The worst days of my life in Junior high are when I was made to run a mile in Gym. Actually, I don't really have any good memories from Gym at all. I think I was actually in halfway descent shape when I was doing Karate in my later years of high school, but nobody told me. So I'm super excited that I'm going to be running a 5K this week at GenCon.
Each year at GenCon there is an Orc Stomp 5K. A friend of mine did it a couple years ago, so it's something that's been on my radar for a while. This year, I decided to train and make it happen. At this point, I'm not even really sure what prompted me to do it, but I'm glad I did.
I started out with the Ease into 5K app on my phone. There are lots of apps out there, that's just the one I picked. It was tough starting out, but my friend Curtis has been running with me, and we've been pushing each other to keep going. I've now run the full 5K distance 4 times. Each time I do it, it's easier than the previous time. It seems so crazy to me, because just a couple short weeks ago I remember thinking "I just ran 8 minutes non-stop, I've never done that before in my life." The next time I thought the same thing about 10 minutes, then 20. Now I'm running 35ish minutes solid. It's not something I really ever thought I'd be able to do in the past.
I'm really excited about doing the Orc Stomp and running with a large group of over 200 people. It'll be the first race I've really ever done in my life.
My plan is to keep pushing ahead. I'm hoping that I can get myself up to a full 10K this fall and if I can stay in shape through the winter, I want to try to do a half marathon next summer.