Sunday, July 3, 2011

I ran a 5K! *And other thoughts on working out/being healthy*

Here's a picture of me in all my sweaty, tired post 5K glory :)  I still can't believe that I did it, but I actually ran a 5K!  I'll get into the race in a minute, but first I'm going to explain how I even ended up running it.

I started working out really hard at the gym 6 days a week about two months ago.  I was in TERRIBLE shape.  The worst in my life.  I would (and still do) work out for 1.5-2 hours each day, and I really pushed myself.  It hasn't been easy, but it's been ridiculously rewarding! 

In the past two months I've:

*Lost 32 pounds (thanks to the exercise and changing my eating habits pretty drastically)
*Gone down two jean sizes
*Yesterday I got to order a pair of jeans from American Eagle in a size that I haven't worn since early high school!  I'm just getting into the lowest size I currently own :)
*I can run after my kids without feeling like I'm going to collapse
*I can go up multiple flights of stairs without feeling winded
*I can run!  5.5 mph for 3 miles!
*I actually like going out with friends again...I'm not completely ashamed of the way I look
*My mood has been 100% better

Honestly, that list could go on and on.  There are a ton of things that have improved since I started exercising more regularly, but I want to get on to the 5K.  I started jogging about two weeks ago.  I have never been a jogger/runner.  Even in High School when they had us do the mile run test, I would speed walk and when the gym teacher would look at me, I'd add a bounce to my step ;).  In June, my sister-in-law ran her first full marathon.  Her knee went out on mile 3 and she kept running. I couldn't believe it.  I decided that if she could finish a marathon with a bum knee, I could at least try to jog one full mile!  So I went to the gym and made myself jog a full mile at 4.5mph.  Will was running next to me and he was cheering me on, which was so great!  From there I started trying to add distance until I finally got up to jogging 3 mph without stopping at 4.5mph. 

Friday morning, I got a facebook message from a friend saying that a race that was supposed to be a 10K was changed at the last minute to a 5K.  At first I wasn't going to run it, but I changed my mind when we pulled up to the gym.  I'd only ever jogged on a treadmill, so I was a little nervous.  Luckily, my friend was there and we were able to run the race together and encourage each other.  She was so great at getting me to push myself!  I finished the race at 33 minutes and 29 seconds which is about 5.5mph!  That's a full mph better than I have ever done on the treadmill.  I'm planning on running more 5Ks as the come along and hopefully working up to 10Ks soon.  I want to run the Dublin marathon in October of 2012, so I'm working my way up to that!

I think this blog will probably be a mix of cooking/baking and a way to keep myself honest about weight loss and exercise.  I've been so busy working on getting healthy that I haven't had a ton of extra time lately, and I wasn't sure that anyone would be interested in a blog about exercise. 


  1. Wow. That's really all that comes to mind at the moment! Your story is amazing & very inspirational :) like you, I never was much of an 'athlete'. I played golf because it required no workouts & it got me out of school a lot. I always wanted to run, but didn't think I had the ability. I've been thinking about a 5k, but the motivation has been slow go. Your story has given me quite a bit of inspiration to get going & just do it. So THANKS! & keep me posted on your progress :)

  2. Catherine, this is so awesome! You should be very proud of yourself! I have been trying so hard to get back into an exercising habit and eat healthier... Mind if I tag along on your journey? :)

  3. So fantastic! It's such an accomplishment and now I have the running bug too (was NEVER athletic!).
    It will be good to hear more about your healthy journey.

  4. Thank you all so much! I am seriously loving the runner's high I get after a long jog or run now. I've started adding in some weight training every other day, too :)

    Lenae- I would LOVE for you to tag along! The more the merrier!

    Julie- Knowing that people are actually interested in posts like this, I will definitely keep posting to update people! I might even post the month by month before and after pictures I have (the before was REALLY not pretty, but there's been a big difference even in one month!

    Ashley- I never really aspired to be a runner, either ;) Don't you love the way you feel after running? When I did the race on Friday, I was running on little sleep, but I was hyper the whole day because of those amazing endorphins!