My first official "I'm going to run this" 5k race is in exactly one week. I started out, I guess about 10 weeks ago and couldn't run for more than 60 seconds without thinking I was dying. But I've kept on and today I had set a goal for 2.75 miles. I was going to go a total of 4 miles, so I walked 1/4 mile and then started running. When I was creeping up on 3 miles, which would have been my stopping point for running, I started to think about a really good friend of mine. She runs and has told me that lately when she has trouble finishing a run, she thinks of me and pushes herself to keep going. It also happens to be her birthday. So I thought, "You know what? Happy Birthday, pal... It's payback time."
And I ran 3.1 miles. My first 5k! For my friend =)
I'm actually kind of glad I did it today, when I was all alone, because I was pretty emotional about it and I prefer to be like that when I'm not in a crowd of people like I will be next weekend. LOL