I Came, I Ran, I Nearly Died

So for those of you anxiously awaiting word on how my 5K went (and I know there are a lot of you out there), here’s the scoop. I was actually pretty pumped because the week before the race (you know, week 2 of my extensive 2-week training process) I had actually run 3 miles without stopping. And, I didn’t just do it one day, but I did it two days that week! Now to many of you, that may not seem like any great feat, but that was a lifetime distance record for me. Granted, I was running 11+ minute miles, but still, I was doing it!

So, my brother Ken and I arrived at the race and I was feeling pretty good about things. Well, it didn’t turn out so lovely. I was pretty tired, there were a couple of big hills, I didn’t have my music, blah, blah, blah. I could make a lot of excuses, but the point is, I wimped out. Oh, I “ran” the race, but I totally lost the mental game. I ended up walking a lot and finished in 36 minutes and 25 seconds. Not too good.

I am however, really glad I did it. I have been talking about running a 5K for years, and now I can cross it off my list. I have slacked off on my running the couple of weeks since, but I really want to keep working on it. The problem is, I’ve lost my motivation now. Anyone have any ideas about how to stay motivated? My sisters and I talked about maybe running the Logan half marathon next August. That would be a great motivator. It’s still a ways away though.
Even though the actual running part of the race didn’t go so well, the race itself was really fun. We all had numbers that we pinned on. They had designed special t-shirts for it. They had water stations set up, trophies, and most importantly, breakfast! There are a ton of pictures of the big event here. And it really was a good two week motivator. Maybe we can convince the Bishop to have one every quarter. 🙂 It’s worth a shot.


  1. Mel…you’re awesome! You should be so proud that you finished. And seriously…36 minutes? I run a bunch and I have never ran much faster than a 12 minute mile. So there you have it…you are a great runner! Way to go on doing the race.

  2. Running with a group of ladies, some of which have 50 years on me, keeps me pretty motivated. I was in your running shoes 2 short years ago, and now I’m a marathon runner. Good luck with the motivation, and if you ever want to go running, give me a call.

  3. Way to go Mel! I am a new reader to your blog…love the self proclaimed description about being accident prone. Brings back memories of a certain date I made you go on…sorry about that. 🙂 Love ya!

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