I’m not 5K Ready & Over My Excuses

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Tomorrow I am “running” my first 5K since March of 2012. Since then I did a 39 weeks 3 day pregnancy stint mostly on bed rest, survived a few pulmonary emboli in my lungs, had my gallbladder removed, and a needle biopsy on my thyroid All this just 6 weeks into motherhood. Speaking of motherhood I have “survived” the first 14 months and I am looking forward to thriving in my mamahood journey. But to thrive I have to make some changes and this 5K plays an important role in that.

I am using the term running lightly. Post all the 2012 and early 2013 madness I started training to run races again. But my training has been sporadic. There is always an excuse to plug-in when I think about why I am still unable to run the entire 3.1 miles without stopping. I am so over my excuses. The truth is I have very lazy moments, my diet is a mess and I don’t push myself the way I should. I am not ready for this 5K mentally and somewhat physically but guess what I am doing it anyway. It is long overdue. It is a free race under my track club membership and I refuse to miss it. As it stands I can run 2 to 2.25 miles straight. My goal tomorrow is to run at least 2.5 miles before walking. I don’t know the route but that’s ok. I will start and I will finish even if I have to crawl. I know there is no shame in walking. I applaud the athletes I see at these races who walk despite an array of physical and health challenges. I am not opposed to walking but I am fully capable of running 3.1 nonstop so it must be done.

After this race I will be getting back to business with my diet, exercise and training routine. I will also need to read up on and start working on my breathing technique. I struggle with proper breathing form which definitely contributes to not being able to run the entire 13.1. Overall, discipline is key. You can’t expect different results if you keep doing the same things. So enough is enough. Wish me luck tomorrow. This is my journey to my very first 13.1 currently slated for spring.

Here is a pic of my very first 5K in March 2012 with some of the women who are my ‘runspiration.’ These two women are responsible for me starting this running journey. They are both haute mamas’ who are fit and beautiful. You will learn more about their Haute Mama status as upcoming “She’s So Haute” featured moms.


I ran my first race with only 1 short walk break and I was only 5 weeks into my running journey as an adult. So yeah I have no excuse. Tomorrow is the day.

Are you over making excuses for yourself? In fitness, health or any other area in your life? Share how you plan to “Just Do It.”

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  • Reply
    Courtney Conover
    February 8, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Hi, MJ! It’s Courtney from The Brown Girl with Long Hair Blog. I’ve found you by way of the Bloggy Mom’s FB Hop (I’m on my way to give your FB page a “like” after this.) Just wanted to say hello, I love your blog, and best of luck tomorrow — you will be awesome. I miss running; although I am a certified yoga instructor now, I spent the better part of my life running (sprinting from age 10; long jumping from age 12; 5Ks and 10ks since mid 20s.) Heck, I’m jealous that you are in a climate even half way arm enough to run outside: The windchill is -0 here and, boy do I have cabin fever!

    • Reply
      M J
      February 8, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      Hi Courtney. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. I was a sprinter back in my young days. I love distance running now but I am not where I want to be just yet. Now yoga is something I would really love to embrace this year. Yes the weather is not to bad here. I don’t miss living up North right now. Wind chill at -0 is unimaginable in my mind these days. Stay warm and let’s keep it touch.

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