Tackling Five Miles

By Katie, 8:41 pm

After writing about the non-physical benefits of exercise – particularly in terms of self-confidence and discipline – I realized I have yet to share with you the exercise goal toward which I’m currently working. It is definitely a challenging one (for me), and the mere pursuit has already given me an enormous sense of accomplishment. My goal is to complete my first-ever 5 mile road race.

While I’ve dabbled in running and road races before, until a few months ago I never really enjoyed running – probably because I was subscribing to the “no pain, no gain” philosophy, which made every workout dreadful. Since changing my attitude, however, I’ve discovered that I find running to be an invigorating, energizing, and even liberating form of exercise.

On Thanksgiving morning I completed the York YMCA Turkey Trot 5K (3.1 miles). I had such a blast that I immediately signed up to run the Fells Point Figgy Pudding 5K in December. Afterwards I decided it was time to push myself a little further and registered for the Jacobus 5-Miler (sponsored by the York Road Runners Club), which I plan to run on Saturday, February 6.

All smiles after the 2009 Turkey Trot!

To many people who run regularly, five miles is no sweat. But to me, this is a big deal. And while it’s incredible for me to think about how much stronger my body is becoming as I train for this race, the real excitement comes from the process of setting and reaching goals – I’ve determined the final destination, outlined a plan for getting there, and am now working hard to make it a reality. The sense of accomplishment I know I will feel when I cross that finish line provides plenty of motivation to hit the pavement.

From what I can tell, the Jacobus 5-Miler isn’t the kind of community race that draws thousands of runners of all levels, like the York YMCA Turkey Trot. No, this race is geared more toward serious, experienced runners…meaning that I’ll likely be in the back of the pack, bringing up the rear, playing the role of caboose. ;-)

And you know what? I couldn’t care less. For me, this race isn’t about time or speed or pace. It’s not really about racing at all. It’s about daring to ask the question, “Can I really do this?” And then answering emphatically, “Yes, I can!” :-D

Before a Run on the NCR Trail

Post Run - Sweaty but Smiling!

What goal are you currently pursuing? Have you outlined a plan to get there?

8 Responses to “Tackling Five Miles”

  1. Kelly says:

    Katie! You stopped me in my tracks this morning. I stared, dumbfounded, at the “York” pictures.
    *I* live in York! LMAO!
    It’s the first time I’ve been reading a blog, only to discover that person lives where I do!

  2. Katie says:

    That’s crazy!!! I didn’t realize you live in York!! I currently live in Baltimore, but I grew up in York…went to Dallastown High School, and grew up working at Central Market.

    What a small world!

  3. Nicole says:

    Love your blog!

    I am currently working towards increasing my mileage to 25 miles a week, and getting in shape to train for my 4th half-mary!

    • Katie says:

      That’s awesome and very inspirational! I hope someday I can work up to that level!

      I am loving the message your blog sends…it seems like we take a similar approach to healthy living :)

  4. Zach says:

    dude… enjoy that jacobus 5 miler! you will definitely feel like you accomplished a LOT when you finish that guy. if the course is the same, that finish will be intense. plus don’t worry, there are PLENTY of people running it that are not super serious runners. my mom did it one year!

    • Katie says:

      That’s good to know! I haven’t seen a map of the course or anything at this point. What’s your running schedule like these days? I hope you’re doing well!

  5. Zach says:

    Actually, my new year’s resolution is to become a streak runner (not what you’re thinking!); I’m going to run at least one mile, every day for a year. Started strong, 30+ mile weeks, but this week I’m sort of hitting a wall, so I’m scaling back bigtime. But, 19 days and counting! This resolution has even got me stretching, so that’s good.

    • Katie says:

      What a neat idea! You should definitely document the process, perhaps through a…BLOG! All the cool kids are starting one ;)

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