Competing while curvy: My first 5k race

Ready to start my first 5k with 2,000 other people.

Ready to start my first 5k with 2,000 other people.

I finished my first 5k race! Notice how I said finished, not ran. I did intervals the entire race, which is a fancy way of saying I walked and jogged. It just sounds better, like I did it on purpose or something.

I started training for the race about two months prior and was progressing nicely until I developed Achilles tendinitis from running with the wrong shoes and increasing my mileage too quickly. I ended up having to completely stop jogging and even slow down my walking speed to get my heel in better shape. I also caught an upper respiratory infection so I was nowhere near 100%. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was going to go. My husband had already picked up the race packet and I paid for it, so I thought I may as well go and see what happens. Worst case scenario, I’d have to walk the whole race and that would have been fine. Surprisingly, my heel didn’t hurt at all during the 5k, but my lungs were very painful and really slowed me down. I jogged until my lungs hurt, then walked until they didn’t, and then kept doing the intervals until I made it to the finish.

There was entertainment at two different locations along the race, a really great drummer (both in personality and skill, he wholeheartedly cheered each person) and a friendly DJ. There were two water stations as well, and I had no idea that after drinking your water it was standard procedure to just throw the cup on the ground. There were so many cups everywhere and it just felt wrong to litter, but they have people who pick them up. One word of caution, drink carefully. At the second station, I tossed it back too quickly and ended up choking on my water. Not good.

After surviving my brush with drowning while jogging, I did manage to make it to the finish line. As I jogged towards the huge banner, I could hear people cheering, clapping, and yelling—one voice stood out deep and clear as he said, “Finish strong!” I’ll never know who said it or who it was directed to, but it felt like it was for me and every other person that had reached the end of the race. We ran under the celebratory banner, were given a medal, and then had a picture taken for posterity. It was great!

For the majority of people, the point of racing is to finish with a new personal best. Since it was my first race, I just wanted to finish. I wanted to finish something I never thought I’d be able to do, not just from a physical perspective but a personal one as well. Finishing a 5k was a great experience and no one will can take it away. I will always be someone who competed in a 5k race and you know what? I’m going to do it again. In fact, I’ve already registered for several more 5k races and even a 10k in 6 months that will be the goal race I’m working towards. Be sure to keep an eye out for my follow up posts where I’ll talk about the things I learned from my first race and for training tips too. Have you competed in any races? Do you want to?

Darn you pinterest, darn you to heck

*falls to knees and shakes fist angrily at the sky*

Well, not really. Maybe I should just start at the beginning. Hello, my name is Mama and I’m a Pinterest addict. Not recovering, not considering rehab, just addicted to Pinterest, but it’s a good influence. I swear.

Pinterest is both a huge time suck and a great source of both creative inspiration and just plain good ideas. I first heard about it a few months ago and thought, ya, ya, pins. Sounds fuuuun. *dramatic eye roll*

Well, then my sister got on it and I sent her a bunch of messages saying “not you too!” Curiosity got the best of me and the day I signed up was the day I died … and went to pin heaven.  Photo Source.

What is Pinterest? According to their help section, it is “a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

And what exactly do people use Pinterest for? They use the “pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.” Or in my case, I do all the above and plan birthday parties, collect cute pictures of puppies and rainbows, find ways to get organized, look for the random things that may amuse me and for sources of overall shenanigans.

I’ve found so many weird and random things, it’s amazing. I’ve also found some great websites, products, ideas, and crafts that I love.

After being on Pinterest for a month now, I feel like I can finally get some balance in all my pinning. I do it only during breakfast, Squeaker’s naps, after her bedtime and not even every day! That’s huge!

So if you’re looking for a place where you can actually see all the stuff you like in one place, you should try it. The only thing you have to  loose is time and a little bit of your soul. . .  just a tiny piece, but the pins are soooo worth it!