Running out of excuses.

Today was all about stepping out of my comfort zone. We need to do that sometimes, right?

And for those of you who said you’d read two posts of mine in one day, here’s the second one!

If you follow my blog somewhat regularly, you know that I’m all about my treadmill. I love that thing. I prefer it to the great outdoors for oh-so-many reasons which I’ve discussed and defended many, many times. But today I thought, “I’m not feeling it. I think I want to run at the park.” And so it goes…

For mid-February, it was a beautiful 56 degrees. But I am in North Carolina, and you’ll have that. I donned myself in a highlighter-yellow Nike half zip, black running tights and my Newtons, grabbed my iPod shuffle, Polar FT7, gum and I was ready! I drove to the park, about a 13 mile drive, and checked out the scene.

There was only one old man walking around the park; that was just enough for me. I’m not the type to run with a buddy or group {it’s my ME time and I like to be alone} and I didn’t feel like bobbing and weaving in between a bunch of people. I didn’t have any set plan in my head. I just wanted to do a few laps and see how it went at first.

The reason for my nervousness? I hadn’t been to this park since last May. That was DURING my training to try out for the police academy {Haha, yes, me a cop. Funny now, but back then, not so much.} and BEFORE my stress fracture incident that set me on a completely different path in life. This park and those runs brought up a lot of memories I had stashed away. I started rather slowly and other than the two loose dogs I saw in yards across from the park, everything was going okay.

After the run: Sweaty and greasy, but cheesin'!

Actually, better than okay. My first mile was 11:21. That is AMAZING for this slow runner!! In fact, the last time I ran there, I clearly remember my mile being 13:18. I had improved!!! My second mile was 11:09 and my third was 11:16. I was pretty proud of those times!! I ran each mile the whole way through, but after each one, walked one lap. {4.3 laps equals one mile.} All together that’d be a time of 33:48, but with the walking, it’s a lot more. So now, I just need to work on putting the miles together with no walking in between. I’ll get there… 😉 But why am I concerned with times?

Because the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon 5K wants to know how long it will take me to complete the run.

What the what? SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! Yes, friends, that’s right. I have lost my ever lovin’ mind and signed up for a 5K race. Now you know I’m not the racing type. But I did say that I would only sign up for one when I was ready and it was the right race for me. Well….

1. I work for Dick’s.
2. I’m from Pittsburgh.
3. I love all things Dick’s Sporting Goods related and jump at the opportunity to go back home to Pittsburgh any chance I get.

Yup. Those were enough reasons for me. Also, I think right now, I’m ready to have a little goal to work towards more than just to stay fit/get healthy/lose weight. It’s time to buckle down and start researching training plans!

I’m ready to vomit, but I can do this. The blog is called Cherie Runs This, isn’t it? So it’s time to RUN THIS.

Welcome to Pittsburgh! City of Champions!
Can't wait to run around this city!

There was no excuse as to why I couldn’t get outside on a gorgeous day, face some old memories and hit the park.
There was no excuse as to why I couldn’t face my qualms about doing a 5K and put up with running with people for a bit.
I had in fact, run out of excuses. And I think I’m okay with that. 😀

What makes you step out of your comfort zone? What made you run your very first race? Which one was it?

Comments 18

  • I am SO freakin’ excited for you!! An enjoyable outside run, AND signing up for a fun race?! I’m doing a little happy dance just for you!! 🙂

    That is all. 😀

  • Terrific! Running outdoors is the only way I’ll run unless there is lightening or ice. Being in nature is part of the whole experience for me. It’s so funny – if it was 57 degrees here, I’d be in shorts and a t shirt! I guess it’s all relative, right? Right now it is 36 degrees which I am loving because the last few days were in the 20s.

    Congrats on signing up for the 5K, you can definitely do that! It sounds like it will be so fun also, and that is the most important part. Go you!

    • Thanks! After a few laps I was wishing I was wearing a tee and shorts! I will admit it was a nice change of pace to be outside!

  • I keep thinking I’m going to start running again, but have never had the “love” for it. Several yrs ago I signed up for a 5K, so did some training for that. Luckily, we had a 1.1 mile walking/running trail where I worked. I would go out there daily, almost religiously to train. Now, I would always wear a watch and try and time myself. However, a watch can be a crutch and when you see you’ve ran a certain amount of time a mental wall can crop up. Day of the run I threw said watch in the car so that didn’t become a hindrance. I THINK the time was 27 min. and some odd seconds. Certainly not the fastest, but not the slowest.

    Cherie, tear it up and have fun!

    • 27 minutes is fabulous!! I think there’s some truth to not wearing the watch sometimes and just going for it. I’ll have to give it a try!

  • I think it’s fantastic you’re doing your 5K in a city you love! That’s exactly the same mentality I have for when (if?) I sign up for my first marathon. It’s going to be Philly, because that’s the city that has my heart. 🙂 Good luck with your prep, girl! And it can’t be any worse than my first 5K, which I ran in college, untrained and hungover. Ah, youth. 😉

    • Thanks Krissie!! Yes, Philly to you is the same as Pittsburgh to me! 🙂 I will definitely be sure to not be hungover or untrained–good tip, haha!

  • Yay, I’m glad all went well at the park! It looked like a beautiful, perfect day for a run. 🙂 I think you will do awesome at the 5k!

  • Hey Lady! I decided to run my first 5k after some people suggested I do it since I was already running 4 miles every morning before work. I thought about it and then decided 2 hrs before the race that I would do it. It was a series of summer after-work 5Ks in a nearby city. It was memorable for many reasons: 1) I hit my head on a hanging pipe in the parking garage – didnt see it! 2) was a little over dressed since I didnt know what I should wear to run a race – tee, tank, shorts, capris, too many choices 3) I didnt know how to get that damn d-tag on my sneaker 4) I didnt tell anyone I was doing it and so had no one waiting to cheer me on but strangers at the end. For all those listed points, I KNOW I was definitely out of my comfort zone!!! But I did run it in 25 mins. That race jump started (is that proper grammar) my running portfolio – there is no other feeling than that feeling that you get after running a race…hence the reason I told you, prepare for this upcoming addiction once you finish this first 5K! Looking forward to it!


    • Thank you!! I keep hearing about this addiction, so I’ll have to see if it’s true. Oooh, your poor head!!!! And congratulations on 25 mins!! I’d be in my glory with that time!

  • SO happy you went for the Pittsburgh 5k! You will love it and just think of how nervous I was to run my first full marathon there last year!! I had such a great experience and I know you will too 🙂

  • My hubby got me a new treadmill for xmas and I love it sooooo much. I’m not an outside runner. Considering I live in San Diego, people think I should be. Tuesday was such a gorgeous day, I said to myself, “Self, do you really wanna run inside on such a beautiful day?” I decided I did not. So I did a 5.5 mile run outside. 2 hours later when my allergies were punching my face in, I remembered exactly why I love my treadmill so much.

    I would tell you what made me run my first race, but that would get kinda long and this is not my blog. lol

    • Yaaaaaay!! I love when I hear of someone else who is pro-treadmill! I’m giving you a virtual high five!! 🙂 And anytime you wanna share your stories, you go right ahead!!!

      • Ok, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. lol

        About this time last year, I started thinking I really wanted to do the MWR bay bridge run/walk. As a Navy wife, the MWR is near and dear to my heart. I knew there was no way I’d be able to do a 4 mile walk in my current condition, so on March 7th, I started c25k.

        The walk/run was May 15th. I walked it all and it took an hour and 15 minutes. While I was there, I saw an Iraq war veteran doing it. He was in his 20s and had 2 prosthetic legs. I almost started crying. Firstly, because of the senselessness of all these young people coming back damaged or not coming back at all. Secondly, because I was ashamed of myself. There I was with 2 perfectly healthy legs that I had been squandering for so long. Complaining about having to work out when I should have been grateful that I could.

        So when I got an email about a Veterans Day 5k that benefited the Wounded Warrior project, I knew I had to do it. That’s what got me to run my first race.

        I keep the card for the Bridge run/walk pinned up over my treadmill as a reminder. When I want to slack off or not do it, I think about that guy and it helps me keep going. If he can be out there kicking ass with no legs, I have no excuses.

        • I LOVE that story!! It was too beautiful not to share, so I’m so thankful you did! I hope everyone who visits this page sees it, too. But what you said is so true–we have two healthy legs and it’s a blessing to be able to use them for such a thing!! I will now also keep this in mind on the days I’m not feeling so pro-workout. It’s rare that I have them, but every now and again the feeling will strike. But no more! 🙂 Thank you again.