Tuesday, July 20, 2010


On July 10th I ran in my first 5K. I was motivated by some mommy running friends in Louisville who were about to run in the half-marathon there when we visited in April. And was motivated to just get in shape. So, when I got home, I started the "Couch to 5K" program, which I had started before but only got half-way through, looked up some local 5K's, and set a goal. And, by the grace of God, who gives me the strength and will-power to accomplish anything, was able to run the whole time, which was my goal. :) The training was only torturous for the first few weeks, and then I started to enjoy it and to be able to pray, or think about other things while I ran instead of how I tired I was. :)

I learned a few things running in my first race:

1. It is definitely not cool to wear your race shirt, on race day. You're supposed to have a hip running outfit.
2. Also not cool to wear your race number pinned to your back. Nobody does that - you're supposed to wear it pinned to your front. I went into the porta potty to switch it once I got there and found out my error.
3. Its fun to run in a race. Everybody's really nice and encouraging. And you can beat some people.
4. I got passed by a lot of people, but by the end I was passing the kids.
5. I have the best family in the world. There's nothing like seeing them cheering me on at mile 2 with claps and cheers.
6. They should categorize the winners not by ages, but by leg length. That would be much more fair.
7. I hope running continues to be a life-long hobby, although I have a feeling that the ice and the snow coming in a few months might damage my ambitions.
8. All in all it was a great experience, and it felt really good to meet a goal.

Anna looks in shock that I finished and Hopey's looking for the snacks.

For memory sake: #643


Cope Family said...

Wow! stephanie I am super impressed!! Way to go! congratulations on meeting your set goal and now having a great hobby!

Anonymous said...

I am so stinkin' impressed! Here's to being healthy sisters together!
I love you Steph.

p.s. I think you look super hip in your race shirt and shorts anyway. ;)

<3, Rob

Anonymous said...

That is a wonderful accomplishmen t!!! I don't know how far 5k is, but I know it's a long way! I really love #6!
Love you,

Jenni Naselli said...

Wow, Stephanie!! I'm really proud of you - that is amazing that you ran the entire thing!! And I thoroughly enjoyed your lessons in being "hip."


Alex and Marcella said...

I am so proud of you! :) Keep it up!

Tasha said...

You ran a 5k and your youngest somewhere over 1. Awe, that gives this new mommy hope of being able just to walk by myself some day!

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