It was a cross country course so all grass or dirt. That proved to be a little challenging from time to time. This was the first time this event was held so the attendance was very low - I'd say there were about 10 runners and 20 walkers if I'm being optimistic. But that didn't matter. I was there for me.
This was my first 5K event since...
In 2011, I did the Mini Marathon. 13.1 miles. It was a struggle. Months before the event, my training was disrupted by work demands. I did the entire distance but not as well as I had hoped. And then I entered a phase of high stress and depression for about 2 years.
Not a fun time.
I might have done the anniversary event - my first ever running event was the Fishers Freedom Festival 5K and I did it the years following, even if I could only walk it. But I think I skipped it last year? I don't know - it's all kind of blurry. I need to put together a timeline to help me remember.
But Sunday, I did a 5K for the first time in a couple of years. Yes, I walked and did not run. But I did it.
Thankful to 2 little girls who motivated me in more ways than they knew. Want to make sure you follow through on a commitment to an event? Just tell your 9 year old about it so that she will ask you over and over and over again about doing it. And then let her invite a friend to join you - there's no way out of it at that point.
And it feels really damn good.