Taking the full measure of life

I did it

October 21st, 2007 · 14 Comments

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Saturday morning at 8 a.m., I ran 3.1 miles, or 5 km.  I finished working my way through “Couch to 5k” by running a 5k.


About a half-mile into the journey, I thought, This is it; I’ve actually done it.  I’ve stuck with this to see it through, even though it’s taken me quite a while and even though it’s not been easy. Tears came into my eyes.

You see, that’s not my personality style at all.  Persistence in things for which I have no natural inclination–I usually avoid that.  Persistence in things where I cannot readily be at the top of the game–I usually avoid that, too.  I’ve spent a lot of my life doing the things I’m good at, doing them well, and—whether out of embarrassment or fear— eschewing the rest when possible.  But no more.

Running has helped me learn to stay the course.  Before running, learning to manage my finances and gradually work toward financial goals put me on the path.  Along with running, I’ve been learning, this year, to eat judiciously, give myself lots of loving kindness, and accept weight loss as a slow, gradual path as well.   So much of life works that way, and there is so much I miss out on when I don’t accept that many things worth doing take time and energy (things I may not be good at even when I give them time and energy, but which are worthwhile anyway).

I came through the finish line after at least 2/3 of the people had gone through.  I came through just after a couple who ran while they pushed a baby stroller, for Pete’s sake!  But I ran the 5k, and I finished it, and what’s what matters.


And I’m plotting a 3-mile run for Tuesday morning, too.  Now that I know the extent of what I can do, I’m going to keep doing it.

At the end of the run, my proud husband asked me, “Is there anyone you want to call?”  But I couldn’t think of anyone I felt it was just imperative to call right away, because I didn’t do it to impress anyone else.  I did it to impress myself.  I’m glad—I’m excited—to tell y’all, because I know lots of you have been on the same path or are on it now, but this was about me.

And I did it.

Tags: running just as fast as we can

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fatinah // Oct 21, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Wow – and you did it in a great time to boot! Nice to hear you plan to keep it up.

  • 2 GeorgiaGirl // Oct 22, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Way to go Sally!!! 😉

  • 3 PastaQueen // Oct 22, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Woo-hoo! Congrats!

  • 4 Cory // Oct 22, 2007 at 8:28 am

    YAY! I’m proud of you. That’s fantastic!

  • 5 Sarah // Oct 22, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Congratulations!!!!!! I am SO proud of you!!!

  • 6 Robyn // Oct 22, 2007 at 9:31 am

    That is AWESOME – I’m so proud…you totally did it! I dropped out of the blogosphere for a while, but I’m glad I checked in when I did 🙂

  • 7 Grumpy Chair // Oct 22, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Run Sally Run (Sing to the tune of Ride Sally Ride)!!

    Totally awesome. You stuck with it and was rewarded by finishing your first 5K!!!

  • 8 Lindsay // Oct 22, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    Wow!! Big time congratulations… I’m so proud of you! I know how hard it was to begin the program, and look at you now! Learning to run is a big dream of mine, and you’ve helped me realize that it is attainable! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • 9 Salma // Oct 22, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Hey, congratulations! You wrote exactly how I feel about the Couch to 5K experience – that it was so friggin validating to do something that I was lousy at, and not just give up midway through because it wasn’t my forte.


  • 10 TOWR // Oct 22, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Congratulations! You are so my hero. And you’re ADORABLE!!!

  • 11 Jen // Oct 23, 2007 at 10:44 am

    I am SOOO proud of you! Way to go, lady! I promise I’ll have a new post up soon. Hubby and I were away for a long weekend celebrating our 1st Anniversary, so there wasn’t much time to blog! Hope you’re well…and I’m LOVING the new site! 🙂


  • 12 Kim // Oct 23, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Congratulations Sally!!! I am SO proud of you!! Isn’t proving to yourself that you can do that the best feeling?!?!?!? 🙂

  • 13 K Renee // Oct 26, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Awesome! I need to get out there, too. You are certainly an inspiration!

  • 14 Lori J. // Oct 28, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    I am soooooo proud of you!!!!!
    I’ve been down in the dumps lately about eating right / exercising and reading your blog has boosted my motivation. Thanks. You’re an inspiration. 🙂

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