I didn’t use any kind of plan to run my 5Ks or increase my distance other than my iPod—I was completely ignorant to the Couch to 5k program that is so popular now. I just created a playlist and decided to run to 5 songs. And I’d run to the same 5-songs each night, then I decided to try for 6 songs without stopping—then 7, 8, 9, etc. Once I had added to my endurance, I decided to try for speed. Again—I used the same play list only this time I used the same route around my house. Every night I tried to finish a little faster than the previous—until one day I realized I was finishing a whole song early! I started to use music to do speed work without even knowing it at the time. Spiderweb and I’m Just a Girl by No Doubt were my speed songs—without really knowing it at the time I would speed up during the fast paced chorus and slow down during the rest of the song. Soon I was just fun. It was fun for me because I saw improvement—I saw that maybe I had an ability within me that I didn’t know existed. I would talk to my awesome sister-in-law, Jenn about it. Jenn lives in Ohio, but she was also running and she was a great source of inspiration to me. She put in the work. She wasn’t afraid to be uncomfortable to get better and add a little speed.
After Lil One was born I had made a goal for myself that I needed to move past the 5Ks—I was going to run a half marathon. However, my first step was to break the dreaded 30-minute mark on my 5K time. It had stood for 5-years and I was going to conquer it! My sister-in-law, Jenn and her family were planning a trip to meet Lil One for her Baptism over Thanksgiving. With a local Turkey Trot 5K calling my name, I asked her to run it with me and pace me to a sub-30. I remember that day clearly. She started off by challenging me with a good pace and then asked me to pick someone ahead of me—I did. Then we sped up and passed them—then I decided to do it again…and again. About 1/2 of the way through I was laboring. She looked at me and said, “You know YOU’RE the one setting this pace right? I’m just along for the ride—it’s YOU who is running this fast!” I looked at her and said—WHAT?! I had no idea that I could run as fast as I was running! I had thought she was pulling me along. It was the start of my final kick to the finish. With the final mile left, Jenn looked at me and asked: “You have 1-mile left. How long did you push Lil One out for?” I said—2 ½ hours Jenn then said, “1-mile—that’s at worst 10-minutes. You can do ANYTHING for 10-minutes! You pushed a baby out for 2 ½ hours! That’s like a marathon!” I nodded my head, put it down and ran. I crossed the finish line in 27:22! I took almost 3-minutes off my time. I was on cloud nine! I hugged Jenn and thanked her—she told me I did it all myself. That was only partly true.
As I have continued to realize my love of running over the years, Jenn’s words to me during that 5K still ring in my ears as if she said them to me just this morning. While I may have run the race that day at my pace—it was her belief in me and my abilities that gave me the push I needed. I think there are many times in our lives that the only thing holding us back from realizing our own abilities is ourselves and our self-doubts. Often we do not have the confidence to start something we feel uncertain of, uncomfortable with, or afraid that we may fail at.
Starting a new personal journey in life can be frightening and daunting when going it alone—however, with support from others that step might not seem as large. That is what this event is about! Have you or a loved one been thinking about potentially making a step towards a lifestyle change and either aren’t sure where to start or afraid to make a longterm commitment? Our goal is to get as many people (not just moms!!) to join us in making a commitment to ourselves and take the first steps in new life journey towards better health—to become the best versions of ourselves. Together, we are asking you to set a goal of committing to run a 5K in September, through baby steps take control of our nutrition and little by little move towards a more Paleo lifestyle, and learn a little bit along the way!
Join Fit Moms & Full Plates–Set a Goal!
Are you interested and want to join us? Do you have someone in mind who you think would join in if they had a companion? It all starts with a single step. Sometimes it is scary as hell, but when you realize that other believe in you and what you have the ability to accomplish the fear melts away. We cannot promise that you will love running and turn into a marathoner. We can’t promise that you may buy into trying a Whole 30 at the end of the event. But what we can promise is that you will give yourself and your body the respect, health, and confidence you alone deserve. We are all amazing individuals who, sometimes (myself included), just need that little boost from someone outside ourselves to make us see our own inner potential and that fear is just that—fear. It has no control over us. Find your inner voice—the one who is just waiting to be heard! Set your goal—join us. WE believe you!
Official starting date is next weekend—June 8….join us! Make our Blogaversary a success!
What do you say? Are you game? Let us know in the comments or with an email to us! We’d love a BIG turnout!