Me: “I’m waking up in the morning to do a short run if it’s not raining.”
Kat: “Do the mile run!! I think doing a race could give you confidence and motivation again.”
So I ran the John Anderson College Ave Mile and I did gain motivation and confidence.
There wasn’t a moment prior to the race that I thought about actually running it. I didn’t have my inhaler, I was wearing a short sleeve GOTR shirt and I’ve been battling an injury.
Then Kat told me she didn’t want me to run with her and she wanted me to actually try. I would be lying if I said the mile was easy because I hit half a mile and already was winded and having difficulty breathing without my inhaler. But seeing all of the kids and a group up ahead, I attempted to make my way up to them and try to motivate them along the way and use them for motivation as well. I found a little girl to run the rest of the way with and she outkicked me in the end. It was such a great race to watch after I finished as the Mizzou Cross Country and Track team volunteered their time to run with the little kids. I was glad Kat convinced me to do this race.
I was also extremely shocked with my time. Like I said, after half a mile, I lost my momentum and just started to shut down and run with the kids. I expected a 7:45 finish time because I thought I slowed down a lot.
I crossed the line with 7:00 on the clock and a chip time of 6:54. What?! That’s where the confidence and motivation returned. If I can run a 6:54 mile without my inhaler and messed up tendons in my foot and on cold legs, then just think of what I can do when I’m healthy and trained.
If you are close with me or follow me, you’ll know that this year was spent to training and running half marathons. I have ran 2 so far this year and have 2 left. One is coming up this Saturday but I will most likely be walking a bunch of it because of my tendon issue.
I am being optimistic in thinking I can run the whole Rock N Roll St. Louis Half marathon in October. Then after that is straight 5k training. I’ll dedicate 2015 to 5k’s and will attempt to finally break that 20 minute barrier I never could in undergrad.
Be sure to continue to follow my running journey and if you are feeling generous, please donate to the Girls on the Run charity I am raising money for. Thanks!
If you’ve been following me on instagram, twitter or facebook, then you are aware that I’m back up and running (literally,) and excited for my half marathon training. I will be running the Roots n Blues half marathon in Columbia, MO in September and racing the Rock n Roll St. Louis half marathon in October.
I have already ran the Rock n Roll Nashville and Rock n Roll Chicago half marathon this year, which I plan to review and have a post for you all. Today, however, I want to talk about my new partnership with Girls on the Run. Now that I run for myself, I want to dedicate my running to an organization that I feel is extremely important. I have always been a fan of Girls on the Run and what they stand for, therefore wanted to fund raise for them!
Girls on the Run helps girls from 3rd-8th grade help gain a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. They are able to see the role of a team and healthy relationships while exploring how they can positively connect with and shape the world. These girls are inspired to take charge of their lives and define their future on their terms.
Over the course of the program, the girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to the community and society.
After 12 weeks and 24 lessons, the girls embark on a 5k (3.1 miles) together. I truly don’t know of a greater way to teach life lessons and inspire physical activity. One thing I have learned at Mizzou is “Winning Kids with Sport.” That the child comes first and you help develop them and instill values and life skills in them and their best will then develop a great athlete. Physical activity is a great outlet to help build these values and life skills and I love that Girls on the Run uses this as their foundation.
I have set a goal of $150.00 to raise for Girls on the Run before my race October 19th, 2014. I would be so grateful for those of you who would be so willing to donate to such a wonderful cause and help not only support my running, but give these girls more options to thrive by continuing to support the Girls on the Run organization.
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