When I started the Couch to 5K program in June, I set a very lofty goal for myself. I wanted to run my first 5K before my 30th birthday. Now, since my 30th birthday is October 11th, I had to pick a race sometime before that. I was hoping I could find a race on October 10th (Haha!) but the best I could do was the Plainfield Harvest Fest on September 26th.
The race is close to home and because the fest is going on at the same time, we can all stay to enjoy the festivities once the race is over. I realized today that the race is only 10 DAYS AWAY! AHHHHH!!!!!
But that's okay because I think I am ready. I have been running 3 to 3 1/2 miles every other morning for the past 3 weeks and I know I can do it. I have been timing all of my runs and the best 5K I have ever run is 32 minutes. I would LOVE to shave off another minute or two, but we will see how it goes :-) I will just be happy to finish.
Now, in addition to setting a pre-birthday goal, I also said that I would like to run a second 5K before the fall is over. Since I am already running one race close to home, I thought it would be fun to run my second race in the city. There are literally hundreds of 5Ks in Chicago throughout the year and I have been trying to decide which one to register for. Well, the other day a friend of mine told me about the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K sponsored by Ghirardelli. This is pretty much the best race I have ever heard of. So first you run...
And then you go eat chocolate...
Seriously?!!! Why aren't all races like this?!!! I told Eric about this race the other night and he said, "So...you are going to run three miles and then go eat chocolate? Will chocolate even taste good after working out?"
Apparently, he forgot who he was talking to. I personally think that chocolate tastes good before, during and after just about every event in life. So yeah...I plan to run three miles and then eat my body weight in chocolate :-) Sounds F-ing amazing actually.
So...there you have it! My 5K races are on the calendar...now I just have to run them. Anyone else sign up for their first 5K recently? I know a lot of you started the program with me...did anyone else finish? I would love to hear from you all!!!