6.12.2013

I Ran 5 Miles & Lived To Tell About It

Sometimes, I get these crazy ideas in my head. I'm tellin' ya, crazy. Last night at work, my oh-so-wonderful idea was that when I got off at 8, I was going to go run 5 miles. WHAT?

I went home, changed into my gym clothes, kidnapped my best friend Amy to come along, and we were off. We had some well needed girl talk on the way there which helped keep me distracted from what I was about to do. HA!

Got to the gym, pranced in the doors, and hopped on that treadmill right away. My biggest fear was that the gym would close before I had the chance to finish. {FYI: Our gym closes at midnight. I was obviously overthinking it + underestimating my ability to actually do it. Haha!}

Mile 1 one was alright... The hardest part of my runs always seems to be finding my pace and getting in the groove. Once I get past that, it's all good.

Mile 2 was okay... I had figured out my pace by this point, but my sides started cramping pretty early. I just kept pushing through because I knew it'd go away but it was seriously hard! I just kept telling myself to keep moving.

Mile 3 was AMAZING! The cramps went away and I was feeling great! I think I just needed to hit my halfway mark to stay motivated!

Mile 4 was up and down. One second I didn't think I'd be able to finish, the next I was jacking up my speed on the treadmill a bit. The last half mile was fantastic!

And just like that... I RAN 5 FREAKING MILES.


This is a huge milestone in my running journey because immediately after being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis in 2011, my doctor's said no.more.running. I took nearly 2 years off, but now that my body has adjusted to medication and the initial swelling of onset has gone down - I CAN DO IT!


I went to bed last night covered in ice packs because my knees were already burning... Burning usually foreshadows swelling and I did not want to see that. ;) Haha! I laid down to watch The Lucky One and fell fast asleep before I knew it! The best part? I woke up this morning to no excess pain, swelling, or redness. In other words, Kenzie - 1, Arthritis - 0. 

Reality... Haha!
Today, I plan to run 3 miles at some point and sign up for my first 5K. EEEK! :)


18 comments:

Meghan said...

That is AWESOME! So happy for ya!

Samantha Curtis said...

You go girl!! You're such an inspiration! :)

Amy said...

You are so amazing girl!!! So happy for you!

Crazy Mama said...

Great job on the 5 miles! That is awesome!

Jaylyn Bond said...

You're awesome!!!!!!

Allie said...

Awesome job!

Emily Woodard said...

Good for you! Very motivating :)

Jen said...

You are amazing sweet friend!!

Sarah at Midwest Pillowtalk said...

HOW AMAZING ARE YOU!!!!!
i am so proud of you!!!! go girl! YOU GOT THIS!

Lindsay Patrick said...

I'm totally impresssed by this! Haha. Before I got pregnant I was training for a 5k and thought that was hard...I've never really been much of a runner.

Lindsay
LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

Brittany said...

That is seriously amazing!! Awesome job

Sade BlackandOlive said...

Work girl! I can never run that much! That is amazing! I should try one day without dying lol

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Mallory said...

Way to go! The first two miles are always the worst for me too! That is so amazing that you have been able to comeback from such a setback. I am so excited for you and your running journey!

Lindsey said...

Great job!

Lauren said...

SO SO proud of my Kenzinzator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOX Kicking butt one mile at a time! Go get em' girl!!! :)

Amberly said...

Seriously, you are awesome girl!!! Go you go!!!

thelittlebluebungalow said...

Probably the weirdest question - but where do you get those big ice packs? bc that would be amazeballs!

always,manda

Allison said...

Congratulations!! You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you! Keep up the amazing work and consider The Color Run for your 5k :)