One of my New Years resolutions was to run a 5k and maybe even a 10k this year. I get bored really easily just working out so I knew that I needed something to work towards and keep me motivated. Since I had no running experience I knew that I needed a plan. I heard about the Couch-to-5k program and downloaded the Couch-to-5k podcast to get me started.
I tried interval training on my own last year, but got bogged down in watching my watch while trying to run and usually ended up walking to a certain point and then trying to run all the way back and it just wasn’t working well. The podcast really helped me know when to run and when to walk without constantly watching my watch.
When I saw that the Town of Flower Mound has a Mom’s Run every Mother’s Day weekend I knew that that would be the perfect race to do my first 5k. The two weeks before the race I was so excited. I had started running 3 miles 2 weeks before the run so I really felt like I was ready for it.
The big day finally arrived. We headed out for the race and just enjoyed the festivities before the race started.
Finally it was time to line up with the 600 + other runners:
While I ran the kids enjoyed the bounce houses.
Thirty-two minutes and in place 202 I made it to the finish line. My mom was there to cheer me on too and reminded me that once a mom always a mom. She kept insisting that I eat a banana so that I didn’t cramp up. She also told me how proud of me she was- which even at 33 is nice to hear from your mom.
Once I had recovered and got a bunch of free loot (I would have seriously started training for 5ks a long time ago if I had known about all the free stuff you can get!) we took a family picture.
Overall it was a lot of fun and a run that I’d like to do again next year- hopefully with an even better time.