✔ 21. Run a 5k with B - use the Couch to 5k training plan to do it
If you just recently joined me here, or if you forgot, my first few weeks of Couch to 5k were summed up in this post. Around Week 6 of my 9-week plan, I started getting shin splints. The shoes I had been running in were ancient and didn't have much support to begin with. I found some new shoes, but because of the extra support, they weighed more than the old ones. I ran just fine with them, but it sounded like I was slapping the pavement the whole time even though I was running in proper form. Some days I absolutely loathed running. Other days, I was neutral about it. I don't think I ever fell in love with the sport.
Anyway, I purposely got up super early Friday morning to catch the Royal Wedding and also as a way to adapt my internal time clock for the next day's race. Saturday morn, we got up around the same time and headed to downtown Pensacola to catch the bus for our Fiesta 5k race. It was a point-to-point race, so a bus took us to the starting line, and we would be finishing near where we parked the car. We ended up catching the very first bus and had to wait almost an hour at the starting line. B was whining about it the whole time.
|I didn't bring my camera--this was taken after we got home and I'd taken off my knee brace by then.|
|My sweet race bib, with electronic timing strips on the inside. Fancy.|
So this weekend also included my two choir concerts. While we were waiting around for the start of the race, I started singing one of our songs to myself. It's called "Guide My Feet," and I know it's cheesy that I took a metaphor completely literally like that. But I convinced B to record it yesterday, so here's the Gulf Coast Chorale singing it. I'm toward the top left, behind everyone, the youngest-looking one in the group.
(Yes, this was at my fabulous church here in P-cola. I love the color, and the acoustics were impressive. It's hard to find a Catholic church built in the past 15 years that isn't stark white. Also, B was sitting too close to get the whole group in the picture. This is about half of us.)