Taking another step towards getting back on track with my health this morning I ran my first virtual 5k. It’s called the Hot Buns Run Virtual 5k. Like so many races this was a charity run where you sign up for a designated weekend where you run the allotted distance (3.1 miles) and email your time. Great thing about it is you get to set the when and where of your 5k, there’s less overhead cost like there would be for a traditional race so more money gets donated to the charity. The event was organized by a fellow blogger at ‘Healthy For Life 2012‘ His name is Lonnie StJohn (cool name right) who has a great weight loss story. He’s training for the Portland Marathon and is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I thought this was a pretty ingenious way to fund raise and I’m glad to be one of many people that helped exceed his fundraising goal. Doubled up on my charitable running and logged my run with Charity Miles (which looks like it’s finally working on my phone). If you haven’t already downloaded this app I strongly encourage you to, it’s a great way to give back while doing something good for you.
How did I do?
Pretty good considering I hadn’t run in almost a month, June 27th to be exact. My last run was pretty horrible and I was worried I was starting to hurt myself because my right hip, knee and foot did not agree with the run. I was pleasantly surprised to see I could push myself to run the whole 3.1 miles just over 40 minutes (40 min 20 sec). That was definitely encouraging because I took it pretty easy, I know I could have pushed myself harder. I don’t regret not pushing myself more because I’m easing myself into my old exercise habit. I’m in ‘inspiring persuasion‘ mode, but I’m feel way better so I know I’ll be in ‘ruthless motivation’ territory soon enough. I have a Tough Mudder event in 3 months to train for after all. For good measure after my 5k run I added another mile of casual walking to enjoy the cloudy weather the desert is having right now.
It felt good to sweat, move and clear my head. It feels less cluttered and dark in my mind after I exercise. Good motivation to do it again tomorrow morning.
Lonnie! Great idea man, congratulations on exceeding your fundraising goals. Best of luck on your training for Portland. You’re an inspiration.