Back on my 25 Before 25 list, I wanted to complete a Couch to 5K program. Well that didn't happen at all. I didn't actually even start one. I ran maybe four times, and then quit. Then I put Run a 5K on my 30 Before 30 list, and felt more serious about it this time. In February, I started running one Sunday, and quickly picked it up and was soon running multiple times a week, to lately I've been running about 5-6 days a week! And now comes the time where I start trying to "train" towards something, towards a goal.
My friend Sara asked me like a year ago to do a color run with her - and I almost immediately shot her down. It wasn't my thing. I wasn't a runner. I wasn't going to do it. And so we missed the ones that were all close to here, and I barely even noticed, because I didn't care about running. But she still really wanted to do one, and so she kept on asking me about it. And eventually she planted a bug in me, and made me want to do one now too!
And so we started researching and trying to find one that we could do together. But the Florida ones have all happened already. Sad day. And the closest Georgia or Alabama ones are on dates that don't work for one or both of us. But then I started doing more research, and found another race called Run or Dye! And they have ones planned for Orlando & Atlanta (both about 4.5 hours from where we live), but the dates weren't announced for those yet. And it's not very smart to register for a race in another city if you don't know the date, especially when you're as busy as I am...
But then last night, I saw one of my old youth post a picture on her Instagram, saying that the Run or Dye race was coming to Tally!!! And I got so excited. And then this morning on Facebook, another friend posted a link to pre-registration, and I immediately hopped over there to start checking stuff out. Technically, the dates of this one aren't announced yet either, but I scoured over hundreds of comments on their Facebook page to see that one girl mentioned when you pre-register, they give a tentative date of September 7th. And September 7th works for me!!
So it looks like I'll be running my very first 5K race on September 7, 2013, in the Run or Dye race, here in Tallahaseee!! Who can recommend the best training app or schedule? I need some suggestions!
|Image via the Run or Dye Facebook page|
Also, I definitely want to get a team together to do this. Really it just means you save $5 off of your registration, and that's about it. But I also need the support and camaraderie that comes from running with friends. So even though Pre-Registration is Open now, I'm waiting a bit until I can scrounge up a few friends to all register with me :) But no matter what, I WILL be running this race, and I'm strangely so excited for it!