Running in that 5K last weekend . . . presented me with PLENTY of surprises.
Pretty surprised that I'm running at all. (I hate running. Always have. Tom, who is a life-long, serious kind of runner, has tried to get me running a few times in our lives. It's never really worked. He had nothing to do with it this time around, although he's been very supportive.)
I truly have a love-hate relationship with running: It just plain sucks while you're doing it. But you feel so awesome when you're done!
Really surprised that I can run 5K without stopping. (Granted, I'm in pretty good shape to start with -- from aerobic dance and kickboxing and spinning and such. But running? Not so much.) The Couch-to-5K program really works! If you're interested in trying to get running, I highly recommend it.
Totally surprised that I felt confident enough to register for a 5K. (It helped that it was called the "Salmon Run" AND that it's run in the town nearest our cottage Up North.) I didn't sign up until a couple of days before, though. I just wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, and I knew once I signed up, I'd be committed.
Not so surprised, actually, that the running of the 5K was really pretty awful. (Especially because I made the ultimate rookie mistake: I started too fast . . . and then paid the price for it on the hills later on.)
Totally surprised that I could pull it together enough at the end. (Based on my runs over the past couple of weeks, I set my race goals as follows: I wanted to run in 30:00, I figured I'd run in 32:00, and I didn't want to go over 35:00. But, because of the too-fast start and the unexpected hills in the middle, I was reaping there on the final mile. As I neared the finish line, I could see the digital clock ticking away . . . speeding ever closer to that 35:00 mark. Could I do it? Barely! 34:59. Phew.)
Not so surprised that Tom finished the 10K race just a few moments AFTER I finished the 5K. (He's very fast. Still. After all these years.)
A little surprised that Tom WON the 10K event. (He even won a bottle of wine! That was exciting!)
And absolutely, mind-blowingly surprised that I placed 2nd in my age group!
Isn't that something?
Life is FULL of surprises!