Just Registered For My First 5K!



Well I did it people! I signed up to do my first 5K! I’ve never done a 5K. I’ve never done any kind of race. I can’t count the yearly Climb to Conquer Cancer event I do, which is a seven-mile trek up a mountain every August, because it’s not a race, you just have to make it to the top within your own time frame. While I know 5ks are generally done for personal fulfillment and you aren’t really racing each other, I fear coming in dead last. I fear not knowing how to pace myself enough, but thanks to my friend and work out pal Rachel, I’m getting the hang of it.  In fact, she printed out this couch to 5K tutorial and I’ll be working on it making sure I at least come in somewhere in the middle. That would be great. 

Yesterday we had another friend join us at the gym and we did lunges around the track and I can tell you right now, my legs are sore!! Stairs are evil, and so is loading the dishwasher and dryer. 

Regardless of my soreness, It’s been a beautiful last two days. The highs have been in the 60s and we’ve even gone for walks and enjoyed the park. It’s been way too cold before now to enjoy anything outside. It’s also been wet and muddy and the snow is still piled high up in the yard because our yard is north facing and doesn’t see the sun much. But I’m planning for that 5K, by doing Saturday runs in addition to the gym during the week. 


It feels good to be active again (even though today has been painful),  I was sick for quite some time and I’m finally on a great allergy med, in addition to taking this stuff: 


Have you heard of it? I think its great so far! The taste is a little bitter, but its nothing I can’t handle. 


All the stuff I was taking before to combat my year round allergies was making me feel tired and lethargic and not helping me in any way at the gym in the breathing department. I could barely catch my breath and I’ve figured out finally through talking with a doctor that I have allergy induced asthma. Now I’m finally on the right stuff and I’m able to take a full breath of air and I don’t have to blow my nose all the time. It feels wonderful. I’m really enjoying feeling in control of something that I’ve never been in control of since I moved to Flagstaff back in 2002. That’s a lot of years to have allergy problems year round with no relief, so this is such a blessing, but we’ll see its true effect come spring time. I am hoping I continue to have the same results with this stuff, I really couldn’t run without feeling pain or being too out of breath, or feeling my chest tighten. All I can say is it feels great to breathe and a 5K doesn’t seem too impossible now.

On a side night, I just reviewed Glasstic’s new glass shatter proof water bottles and I’m having a giveaway with 2 possible winners. So head on over and check that out! 


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32 thoughts on “Just Registered For My First 5K!

  1. Congrats on registering for your first 5k. It is awesome you are doing something you have never done before. Life is to short to just think about things instead of just doing them. Good luck and keep up the good work. Allergena I will have to try with my allergies being bad this time of year. Thanks for sharing your information.

  2. I kinda envy women who can run marathons. I suffer from diabetes and I am always tired and lacking energy. I think about my mom when I see women runners. My mom won first place in a 10K race for the 45-50 women’s age bracket. She was 49 then.

  3. You just did something that I only dream of doing but will actually never do. With my military injuries I can no longer run long distances so this is out for me. I wish you luck on your run.

  4. Congratulations! I know that you will do well. I don’t think you’ll go last. Prepare for your run, mentally and physically, and everything will be alright. I’m sure you’ll enjoy – who knows, you may even want to do more runs after this one. Goodluck Heather.

  5. I am sure you are going to do great. I have not heard of Allergena, but I want to try it. I have bad allergies and I am always looking for something new that might help.

  6. Congratulations! I used to love to run 5K races. They’re so much fun, and the excitement of the day makes it easier for me to run without realizing I’m exercising. 😉

  7. I would love to do a 5k at some point. My sister did one with her daughter a few years back and I’ve wanted to join in since. Hopefully one day!

  8. wow! congratulations on your very first 5K race! i suggest you tried Buteyko Breathing or similar breathing techniques to help battle your allergies and improve your health + wellness. Cheers to a healthy + active year this year!

  9. Congratulations and good luck! My hubby and I did a learn to run program with a friend that ended with a 5K race. At least we can all say we made it to the end but it was not easy..lol

  10. I’m looking forward to hearing how you are afterwards! I think it takes great courage to put yourself out there for something like this.

    And also glad to hear you found something that works well for your allergies.

  11. I remember my first 5K. You will have so much fun and remember to take it slow and steady. There are tons of women runners out there.

  12. Congratulations! That’s an amazing accomplishment just to register for a 5k. I’ve always wanted to participate in one myself.

  13. Good luck with the running and the 5K. I hope the allergy meds prove to be a permanent success for you. I don’t know much about Flagstaff, but sorry to hear it has been so hard on your allergies. You make all this running and training sound like fun, I should get out there and try it.

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