I was very proud of myself for crossing the finish line at the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon 5K Run back in May. My only goals were to not stop and finish strong. I still can’t believe I did it!
I trained really hard for it. I can’t believe the dedication I put in. I’ve never done anything like this before, so my determination really surprised me. Posting on this blog about my weekly training and prep was a huge part of my motivation. I promised my readers that I’d be accountable and frankly, I didn’t want to let you down.
When I got down to the marathon grounds along the Lakeshore, I warmed up for about 20 minutes. Such a long warm-up was great because I had absolutely no pain, even with my existing knee injury. I wore the exact workout clothes I always wear during my training. I even had my same music playlist. Although, I have to be honest, I can’t say that the music helped. I didn’t really hear it. Not because it wasn’t on or the volume wasn’t high enough, but because I was so focused on the run and taking it all in. As I looked across the water, all I could hear were the sounds of the other runners alongside me.
At the start of the run, I felt really good. About 10 minutes in, I started to question why I was doing this in the first place. At about 20 minutes, I hated myself and wanted to stop. After all, there were lots of people who stopped their run to walk. It wouldn’t be anything special if I also stopped to walk the rest of the distance. But I kept running. I tried to remember all my training and tried to remember that this run should be no different. I didn’t stop then and I shouldn’t stop now. I kept going. When I saw the 4K marker I felt like, “Thank gawd! Almost done!” I kept going and passed more people who were walking. As I passed a younger girl who had stopped to walk, I couldn’t help but comment, “Almost there!” She smiled back in agreement as she picked up her pace to get going again.
Even though it was only a 5K run – it took me about 30 mins – it was still something great for me to finish. It was a reminder that if I continue to put in the hard work and dedication, I’ll achieve my goals. Not only was I happy to cross this off my bucket list, but I can happily report back to my blog readers that I did it. I finished!
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