“We all have dreams, in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”

Jesse Owens

Well, I did it. I was incredibly intimidated, not at all ready but I did it.  Since last year, I’ve found that I really enjoy running and not only just running but running 5Ks. That rush, that energy, that feeling of accomplishment can’t be beat by anything and I can’t get enough. Last year, until Winter, I ran almost every day but this year I just can’t seem to get in the mood- until now.

This past Saturday, I ran the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K for the first time and it was an incredible experience. I’ve never been a part of a race that large and it felt amazing crossing the finish line. FreihoferRun2014 I’ve run a few 5Ks this year so far and my issue has been that those 5Ks have been the ONLY time I’ve run. My time isn’t something I’m incredibly proud of but I’m happy with the fact that I’ve barely run and I’ve maintained my time quite well. It ended up being 35:42. No where near 15:20, the first place time but c’mon I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Something about that race sparked something in me. I want to be better, I want to do better and I want to get my time under 30 minutes ASAP. The end of August, I’m running a 5K and 10K days in a row and I can’t wait but I want it to be a time I’m proud of.

Running may seem intimidating and to be honest, that race shouldn’t be anyone’s first 2014 Freihofer Runbecause those hills are ridiculous, but as someone said to me as I passed by “You’re lapping everyone still in bed this morning.” She was right. I don’t have to beat anyone or be disappointed with my time, I can have goals and I can want to do better (which I do) but that’s one of the biggest races in the country and as of this weekend I did it. Are you joining me next year?