Saturday morning my church hosted its 9th annual 5k to benefit our missions work in Africa. This church has a heart for those in need, and I’m so glad to be a part of it. You can read more about our ministry here, but basically our outreach has entered both Swaziland and Zambia and lives are being changed, both there and here.
You may have seen me talk a little about running and how I’ve been training for a 5k. This was it! John and I walked it the past two years, and before that I volunteered doing chair massage, so this was my chance to prove to myself that I could run a true 5k. Before Saturday, I had managed to run the equivalent of a 5k 3 times in a row, so I was pretty sure I was ready.
Allison stayed home to play with Grandma while John and I were out. We got there around 8:15 and got our number and t-shirt, and just hung out with everyone until 9:00 when the race started. We were aiming to have 500 people at the race, but from looking at the numbers on everyone’s tags, it looks like we only reached about 350. Still a pretty good turnout!
I didn’t really have a plan that morning except run the entire 5k. I didn’t have a running playlist, so I settled for Weird Al’s newest album on Spotify. Not quite running material, but it kept me entertained! I made the mistake of not going up hills during my training, and I was totally unprepared for the inclines. I was much slower than I was used to, and I struggled about halfway. It wasn’t very hot, but the sun started to beat down on us, and I really started to feel it. I did almost give up a few times, but I knew John was way ahead of me and was counting on me to keep going.
I finally crossed the finish line with a time of 39:52:1. 93rd overall, and 11th in my division. Could have been better, but I made it! After drinking tons of water and snacking on a banana and bagel, we headed home. I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this, both to support the ministry and to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise!