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I ran my second 5K this weekend and I beat my time by 5:18. My goal was to shave off at least 25 seconds so I far exceeded what I thought I was capable of. I was shocked when I crossed the finish line and saw the timer because the entire time I was running I felt off, tired. I didn’t sleep well the night before and I was really nervous before my race. Nervous because I had a time to beat. Seeing that I had done well, even though I didn’t feel well was overwhelming. My family was also there and I got to high-five my son as I ran past. It motivated me.

I know running 3.1 miles is something most people can do and I have several friends who have run multiple 10K, 1/2 and full marathons which leaves me in awe but I haven’t been running much in the last several years and it isn’t easy for me. So running faster than I ran before makes me want to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I recently read an excerpt from The Accidental Athlete by John Bingham (featured in Competitor Magazine) that resonated with me, because I feel like I stumbled into this activity, found I really enjoy it and that pleasantly surprises me. “The competitive juices are flowing through us no matter where in the pack we find ourselves. To me, that is the magic in racing. I don’t know a better way to discover you’ve got something left just when you think everything is gone. Racing galvanizes our souls, allowing us to escape from the limitations that we put on ourselves and to test the outer limits of our bodies and our spirits.”

Running these 5Ks has reintroduced myself to my inner competitor, someone I forgot I knew. So me and her, together, are going to keep putting one foot in front of the other. My next 5K is December (unless I can swing a turkey trot on Thanksgiving, depends on what time we have to be at my in-laws) and I’m working up to a 10K trail run in March and a team mud run too. Run mama run!





  1. So proud of you, Coreen! I love my inner competitor too. This makes me want to train for something!

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