5k Done Right

Do you remember back in 2010 when I had a New Year Resolution to run a 5k? Remember when I ran a 5k but had the most miserable experience because I didn’t train for it? Then do you remember when I was in that giant cast?

It seems like it was only yesterday but you guys…that was almost 2 years ago!

As you know, my health has drastically improved since moving to Massachusetts. Not only have I been able to decrease the amount of Remicade medication, but increase the amount of time between infusions. A huge thing for me.

What I didn’t really explain during my update is the fact that I ran a 5k on October 19th. However, this time, you guys, I trained. I trained for 8 weeks. The girl who has arthritis…ran. And there wasn’t someone chasing me with a knife.

I ran. I ran and I liked it. I liked it a lot.

Let me back up to just over 8 weeks ago. I joined a running club at work; a club with just 5 gals, but a little club where we promised we would run together at least once a week with the end goal of running a 5k together. On race day, all friends and family are invited to join our little group. 🙂

I did my research and my homework, and instead of running a 5k unprepared, I wanted to do it the right way.

So, how did I do it?

Well there is this program called Couch–to-5k. Some of you may have heard of it, but for those who haven’t, well…it’s amazing. It starts you off as if you’ve never run a day in your life. And who am I kidding, I really haven’t. It’s 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, 8 week program that gradually transforms you from couch potato to a runner.

To give you an example, on Week 1, Day 1 you start off with a brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.  As the weeks progress, the training continues to gradually increase.

I thoroughly enjoyed this program and if I haven’t said it enough I highly recommend it. Here’s why:

  1. I could do this program at my own pace. I wasn’t forced to run at a certain speed. Just run for 90 seconds. No one telling me: “you must run 1 mile in 10 minutes” or “you must complete a quarter of a mile in 3 minutes”. I could run at my own pace.
  2. 3 days a week – easy. 30 minutes, 3 days a week, absolutely do-able.
  3. I found a free app called “C25k Free”. It kept track of what session and day I was on, told me when to run, told me when to walk, and just told me what to do.

Okay and here’s two more reasons why I enjoyed running, although these may not apply directly to you:

  1. I’m at sea level. Bye-bye altitude! HA HA!
  2. I’m in the New England area and I’ve seen the most amazing views of some stunning Autumn colors.

So how did I do at the race? Well….

So, what have I been doing since the race? Well, honestly recovering from that nasty cold. I took a week off but missed running more than I ever imagined.

I actually missed it so much that I ran during my lunch hour yesterday. I’ve actually set-up my schedule to run during lunch more often given the fact that there’s less daylight. *sigh* At least I get to enjoy the last little bit of Autumn before it disappears.

I’m already signed up for my next race which is scheduled for this Saturday, November 9th and dogs are welcome. My running club is so excited that we get to run with dogs that they’ve asked if they could borrow mine.

AWESOME. Just pure awesome.

I also found out today when my local Jingle Bell Run is and I’m looking forward to running it and redeeming that horrible fiasco that still feels like yesterday.


If anything it will help keep the winter blues away and continue the momentum of running. After all, I worked hard for 8 weeks to get where I am at and now I’d like to prove to myself I can stay there.

So that’s it. That’s essentially what I’ve been doing the last 8 weeks while I was in the middle of purchasing a house, moving, and driving across the country. You know, because I wasn’t busy enough…I guess?

Now, the question is, have you tried a program like this before? Did you ever accomplish something that you never thought was possible?

I’d love to hear your stories.

I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. I just like sharing things I have enjoyed! 🙂 Please seek medical advice before starting a new exercise program. After all, I’m not a doctor.


Okay, I’ll admit it

OK! I’ll just admit it. I ran a 5k on Sunday. There I said it. Phew!!

Okay, I can hear you screaming at me saying “WHAT?! YOU ran a 5k?? The one with the hip issue? PEACHY!! What the in the WORLD were you thinking???”

AWWW!! Damn it guys…I DON’T KNOW!!!

You want more details than that?? Oh, okay.

Well, it all started back in the early part of October. I met up with a long time friend, who I hadn’t seen in YEARS!! She told me that she found a new passion; RUNNING!! Say what? Yes, RUNNING! So, immediately I told her, well, if your looking for a run in Denver, in the middle of December, there is a great one. It’s only a 5k, but its for a great cause! The Jingle Bell Run/Walk in support of the Arthritis Foundation. I’d love to have you join my team for the Arthritis Walk, but that isn’t until May, but in the meantime, if you wanted to keep your running momentum going, you could run at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk! She was thrilled and excited!!!!

So, fast forward to last Thursday. We’d been playing phone tag for a while, but finally she said “I’m signed up for the run!” GREAT!! SUPER! But, I had this thought. And once I get an idea in my head, I can’t get it out. So, for the next several days, I debated with myself on whether I was going to RUN. Oh, we’ll see how you feel on Sunday, I kept telling myself. After all, you’re 10 days behind on your Remicade, so we’ll see if you can even walk! WE’LL SEE!!

On Saturday morning, I went to Joann’s to pick up fabric for my costume. Yes, COSTUME!! For the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, they encourage you to wear a costume and have a contest too. How could I not wear a costume?!?! I HAD TO WEAR A COSTUME!! I’m obsessed with costumes and my sewing machine. I have a love/hate relationship with my machine. It was my grandmother’s sewing machine and in honor of her, I named the machine GRANDMA, but sometimes she will not cooperate. And Saturday was one of those days. It lasted ALL DAY LONG! So, I kept screaming at my machine saying “GRANDMA, stop messing with me!” and “GRANDMA, BEHAVE!!”  On top of it, I have Christmas presents to finish making, that requires GRANDMA’S assistance. That evening, after attending a friend’s birthday party, I went straight back to GRANDMA and started sewing, AT 9PM AT NIGHT!! See how devoted I am towards COSTUMES. Again, the whole ‘get an idea in my head thing’. Good grief!

So, I finished my outfit in record time, a half hour later! GRANDMA behaved herself and provided me with an adorable tutu.

Finally, Sunday morning arrived. I got dressed, in my full elf costume, grabbed Mizar, dressed him up in his Santa costume, and off we went. I found my friend, her friends, and we all registered, went to the restroom, and they went off to warm-up. Yes, at this time, I still don’t know if I’m going to run, but I have a feeling I’m going too. I have too. It’s been a goal of mine since I decided to make a new years resolution to run a 5k, almost 2 years ago. YOU GUYS, I HAD TO RUN!!

The atmosphere was intense, other people’s costumes were great…a gingerbread man, an entire team dressed as Charlie Brown, a couple dressed as Cindy Lo Hoo and Grinch’s dog with the branch tied around his head. IT WAS AWESOME!!

The idea got into my soul. I had to run. And then, we’re off. I put my iPod in my ears, tied Mizar around my waist, and away we went. We started off great, listening to “Don’t Stop Believing” by the Cast of Glee and then in hit me. Mile 1. CRAP! Mile 1 and I have to run a 5k, I have 2+ miles to go. Who decided this was a good idea? OH WAIT!! ME AND MY STUPID BRAIN!

But, I kept going. I took it slow. My goal was to FINISH a 5k. Not my time, not how fast, or with anyone else. Just freaking FINISH it. I didn’t care if I had to walk most of the way, or what I had to do. I was determined!! And we all should know by now that when I get an idea in my head, I stick with it. So, I ran for a song, walked for half a song, ran the rest of the song, ran for an entire song, walked for half a song. By the time we hit Mile 2, Mizar decided to take a shit in the middle of the road. Umm, ya, that was fun. I told him, me too buddy, me too. I feel like shit. BUT, WE’RE FINISHING this STUPID idea!! And onward we continued. By the time I hit 2.5 miles, I put “Don’t Stop Believing” by the Cast of Glee on repeat. It was the only song that kept pushing me, motivating me, and encouraging me to keep going. Plus, it was a song that was fast enough to where I didn’t feel like giving up and walking the rest of the way. But, do you know what I started to think about when I was running??? My friends who have arthritis!! I’m not doing this for me; I’m doing this for all of my arthritis friends who can’t run, who aren’t in medical remission, whose life is put on hold because there are no more options. I kept repeating their names over, and over, and over again in my head. It pushed me harder, faster than anything else in my life.

I smiled so big when I finished. I FINISHED!! I finished a 5k! I didn’t train for it, I didn’t even really think I could do it. It is actually the most I’ve ever ran, in one continuous, non-stop run, EVER!! And I FINISHED!! I finished!! 😀

Here I am after I finished:

And here is my Peachy Elf outfit (and yes, that’s right, I made that tutu!):

It was probably the hardest, dumbest, rewarding experience I have ever done. And I will never do it again. So, to my friends who have arthritis, this race was for you. Thank you for being in my thoughts (quite literally) during mile marker three. Your motivation, determination, and unwillingness to quit even when your damn arthritis wants you too…this race was for YOU!!!!!!!

Now, I’m off to recover! AND by the way, Dr. Rheumy is going to kill me tomorrow

Much Love,

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