This past week I was in Joplin, MO working a running camp. I went as part of my sports medicine rotation. The camp had about 200 kids at all levels 7th-12th grade. I learned so much while I was there as far as evaluating injuries, deciding if an x-ray is needed, and how to treat certain injuries. I just loved it! I also chose to run with the kids during the workouts. I figured, I'm there why not get a good work out in too.
I have never been much of a runner, so I wasn't sure how this would go. Eric and I have been doing P90X since June, and I have lost 10 lbs so far. I think maybe 4 times since June I have gone running with him. We would run a mile and that would be it. I just couldn't push myself to run any further.
I started my fellowship July 1, and one of the fellows is a runner. Janelle ran in highschool and college. She even runs local races around KC. I thought hey maybe she will be my motivation to give running a try. We ran on the treadmill twice prior to camp. She had me jog 5 minutes, walk 1 minute, jog 5, walk 1, etc. The first time it was a total of 15 minutes jogging. The second time I jogged a total of 20 minutes. This was the longest I've ever run. I was so excited.
Well at Running Camp, we got up at 5:30 to run before it got too hot. The first day we were told to run 25 minutes. I ran with the slowest group and ended up running 2.5 miles. That's the longest ever! The next morning we only ran for 20 minutes, and I ran 2.17 miles. Still proud of my success. The third morning we ran for 30 minutes, which ended up being 2.75 miles for me. WOOHOO!!! I was getting so excited about running and proud of myself for doing it.
Well on Friday morning we had the end of camp 5K. I had never ran a 5K, but my goal was to do it. I was in the very back of the group but I completed it without walking. That's all that mattered. I completed the 5K in 33:36 WOOHOO!!! There was this HUGE hill after the first mile. The hill slowed me down to a 16 minute pace. It was such a hard hill to run for my first 5K. I was shooting for a 30 minute 5K, but the hill slowed me down a ton. Oh well! I'm still proud that I did it. I plan on continuing the running along with our P90X workout. I'll keep you posted on how things go.