5 Miles Baby!

Yesterday I accomplished a big goal of mine that quite honestly I never thought would actually ever happen.  I ran for 5 miles!!!  For me personally this is huge.  I knew it was going to be a good running day because I still felt great at 2.5 miles so I thought my goal of 3.5 miles that day would be easy and could probably push to 4.  When I got to 4 I figured why not go to 4.25?  As I was almost at that distance I flirted with the idea of 5 miles but thought I should just try for 4.5 instead.  At 4.35 my knee started to hurt a little but not so much that I couldn’t keep going.  I finally just decided that I would push to 5.  I mean, I’ve always wanted to and why not let that be the day right?  So, I keep going and at 4.65 my knee starts to really throb and I begin thinking, “What if my legs give out from under me while I’m running?  Maybe I should stop.”  “NO!  If your legs give out at least you will go out running as far as you can without quitting.  If you just stop you’ll always wonder if you could have really run the whole thing.”  “Hmm, good point self.  Carry on.”

At 4.75 my knee is killing me but for heaven’s sake I’m almost there.  “What if by pushing my knee to keep going I damage it permanately?  What if I’m never able to walk again once I get off this treadmill?”  “Well, if that’s the case then at least the last thing your legs did was accomplish one of your goals.”  “Well, what if..” “Shut up already!  Geez, for the love! You have .07 miles to run you’ll be fine for crying out loud you big pansy.”

As I finished I was really surprised that I wasn’t even breathing heavy and aside from my left knee hurting, I felt great.  I mean really good – happy and energetic.  I thought of Legally Blonde when Reese Witherspoon’s character said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t. ”  I don’t know about happy people not shooting their husbands but I was definitely feeling happy.

When I first started focusing on running about three months ago I could barely finish one mile and I would be breathing so heavy afterward you would think I was about to hypervenilate.  I don’t know all the technical mumbjo jumbo for the asthma I have but it seems to kick into high gear when I get active.  I know I had severe medical problems when I was born but neither one of my parents ever tried to keep me from playing sports or joining any type of teams.  So I just struggled through it not knowing any better.  I played basketball one year and volleyball the next just to see if I could.  I stuck with track for 6 years running sprints and was actually pretty good and for 11 summers I played softball.  I guess it was my own way of giving asthma the finger.

I never thought running anything longer than 400 yards was ever going to be possible but a few months ago I thought “Why not?  According to the doctors you’re not even supposed to be able to walk and look at how active you’ve been.  Stop telling yourself that you can’t and just do it.”  So I did.  Sure my knee is still a little sore today but I’ll get over it.

Do I think I’ll run another 5 miles today?  Heck no!  Do I think I’ll run it again this week?  Not likely.  But it doesn’t matter if I ever do it again because I did it once and honestly, that’s good enough for me.

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15 thoughts on “5 Miles Baby!

  1. Congrats, that’s awesome! You totally passed a goal you had set, and that’s more than a lot of us can say. Crap, now I have to go run tomorrow morning. Thanks!

    Thanks, enjoy your run tomorrow!

  2. “NO! If your legs give out at least you will go out running as far as you can without quitting.”

    We can make that a bumper sticker that you can put on the back of your wheel chair…since you won’t be able to walk anymore.

    I can think of more better ways to lose a limb. 🙂

    Good job. You probably felt some of the opiate-like feelings of the “runner’s high” after the endorphins started kicking in. You can’t predict things like that happening, but be happy when they do.

    That would be an awesome bumper sticker for my wheelchair. For sure I had a runner’s high. After I finished and showered I thought man, I feel like I could go back out and run another mile or two.

  3. Congrats! I don’t know if I can run that distance… 🙂 I am more of a trekker than a runner… 😀

    Thank you. Well I never anticipated actually accomplishing this goal. I’ve always thought of myself more of a trekker than a runner as well actually.

  4. You rock! I highly doubt I’ll ever make it to 5 miles without one of my lungs exploding but I’m impressed with you! Good job! We can go running along the pier over the holidays if you’d like.

    I don’t know if I would be able to actually run outside. We’ll have to see I guess.

  5. You DO rock. Wow. As I was sitting here reading this I started thinking maybe I could go for 5…ha! Maybe I should try getting beyond 1.5 first eh?? Congratulations bionic woman!

    You could do 5 if you really wanted. And I think I’ll hold off on any marathons, no matter what the distance.

  6. Outstanding work! I’m still struggling in the unimpressive 1-2 miles region…and if I even get to 2, I usually have to make sure I have one of those portable defribulators…ya know, just in case….

    Thank you. Hey, the 1-2 mile range is great. That might have been my hardest hurdle to get over. I was in the range forever before my body finally adjusted.

  7. Nice work! That is so awesome! All your talk of running reminded me of the days of walking back and forth to Rite Aid…and what a good friend you were to walk down and meet me…even in the dead of winter. Good times. Although our frequent trips to Arctic Circle probably cancelled out the exercise. LOL!

    Ah, the good ‘ol days! I remember those walks well. But I wasn’t being a good friend. I went because of the stop at Arctic Circle. Ha just kidding. I really went to see Nathan. No, really I went because I am an awesome friend! Man I do rock! LOL

  8. Ahh yes, how could I have forgotten to give an honorable mention to Nate? LOL! Mmm-mmm-mmm. Wonder what he’s doing now. Hmmm….well anywho, amen to the body building chicks….gross.

    Yeah how could you have forgotten him? Well, he was kind of short if I remember correctly. But still, I do wonder what he’s doing now…

  9. Holy Smokes! I am so proud of you. Look at how far you have come in such a short amount of time. 5 miles is nothing to sneeze at and most people can’t run that far.

    I have 20 bucks on you that this time next year, you will have finished a half marathon. Or maybe a sprint triathlon! I am both excited and motivated. Keep it going.

    Thanks but egads! A half marathon or sprint triathlon?? I’m not so sure about that. I’ve concluded that if I never run more than 3-5 miles a day I’m ok with that.

  10. Good job! I think it’s very funny that Legally Blond (one of my favorite movies) quotes started running (get it, running) through your head.

    Oh man that movie is hilarious! So quotable too.

  11. Good for you! I’m not really into cardio, all I do to warm up (before I hit the weights) is do between half and a mile of the treadmill or eliptic thingy machine. I follow you all the way with the endorphins. One day I’ll be off the meds, but I need my endorphins, I just need’em!

    I don’t really like running but it’s the most basic exercise I can think of with the best result so…running it is.

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