daring to try

a graph showing running split times
First half of yesterday’s “run” was with our dog. Lots of sniff breaks. I’ve got 5 weeks to shave 18 minutes off this 5k time.

It’s been two months since I dusted off the treadmill and it’s been collecting dust since. Oops. So much for running a sub 2 hour half marathon by 50.

As the weeks ticked by, I considered lowering the bar to a 10k, but was not finding training plans to get me under an hour in six weeks.

Before I go any further, I should be clear that I am not fast nor have I ever stuck with a training plan. Those moderate time goals were a reach even when I was in decent shape. After two years of sitting and gaining 20 pounds? I’m sure I could survive those distances, but not with any speed.

I have a lot of experience with gutting out races on minimal training. Sort of a maladaptive tangle of hubris and self-sabotage. But I’m tired of being proud of a 5 hour marathon (one year my longest training run was 14 miles) when I know I could do a lot better with just a little more discipline.

So, I signed up for a 5k that falls on my birthday. As I confirmed yesterday and two months ago, I can already run/walk/jog that distance. The goal is under 30 minutes. I think I was close many moons ago. Not a blazing time, but a major stretch for me right now. But I’m pretty sure it’s achievable if I dare to try.

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