Running a 5K – not a big deal to all you marathoners and triathletes out there. But for me, it was an accomplishment for a number of reasons:
(1) As of May, I could barely run for longer than 3 minutes at a time on the treadmill.
(2) I did it by myself.
(3) The race was to raise funds and awareness for a cause that I am pretty passionate about.
I used to think that people who would pay money in order to run were a little bit off their rockers. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was actually…..fun? I’m normally not a morning person but the energy and enthusiasm was really infectious. Plus the morning was crisp and sunny, the course was nice, and there was plenty of people-watching to keep me occupied. It turns out that time flies when you’re running in a big pack of people with more people on the sidelines cheering for you. Crossing the finish line was kind of anti-climactic since it was sort of like finishing a regular morning run and I wasn’t really going for speed. My favorite part was actually the snacking afterwards** – energy drinks, fruit, and protein bars galore.
**one of the reasons why I enjoy donating blood too 😀
Regarding the cause, which was to raise funds to support organizations that fight human trafficking and help victims of trafficking: it is something that is very close to my heart. I have never personally met any victims, but my heart absolutely breaks just reading the stories and imagining the horror of what they endure. At this point, I’m still trying to figure out how to get involved beyond donating money and educating myself about the problem of sex trafficking both here in the U.S. and internationally. This is a really good book, if you’re interested in learning more. Apparently Sacramento is among the worst cities in the U.S. for its trafficking problem, so there is plenty to be done here. Here is more information about the organization and its beneficiaries.
So that was my first 5K experience. I would totally be up for doing another one, and maybe even a 10K someday. No thanks to anything with the word “marathon” in it 🙂