Monday, February 25, 2008

learning to run

I've started training to run my first 5K race -the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here in Raleigh on June 14th. Last year I walked it with friends from Nursing Mothers of Raleigh. This year Lynn and I (and anyone else who wishes to join us) are going to run it together in honor of my sister Sarah. I've been training for 2 weeks so far. Today I ran 2.0 miles without stopping, which is 2/3 of the way to the 3.1 miles that equal 5K. I've never jogged before in my life. It takes 2 bras and new, high-stability running shoes with inserts to keep me properly aligned and pain-free while I run. So far I have not had any trouble with my knees being sore after running. In the past I have figured I couldn't run because of knee trouble I've had all my life, but I'm hoping this good trend continues and my past worries are unsubstantiated.

It feels great so far. I am not looking to beat a certain time in the race, just to run it entirely. I want to create a team to walk or run this race for Sarah. Any of you who read this blog and want to participate, please let me know. I'll look into starting up a team. If you are not able to participate, but wish to contribute financially to our team in support of breast cancer research, I'll keep you posted as to how to do that too.

I also challenge each of you to take your exercise level up one notch this spring, in whatever form you find is fun and/or convenient for you to do. Whenever I get to the edge of my physical limit, I just think of Sarah and other people I know and love who have been through and overcome major life challenges and I am inspired to go just a little further.


sarah said...

I'm really touched by this. Thanks Helen and Lynn! I enjoyed running in college, and maybe I will again after this is over (with smaller boobs!). I never thought of wearing 2 bras - great idea.

Lynn said...

Looking forward to it (with my one, small sports bra).

Helen said...

I have to say it depends on the bra, too. Today it took 3 bras from the clean ones available to give me adequate support. I am pretty sure that I won't need 4, however. Anyway, wearing multiple bras is better for the budget these days than buying new ones.