31 July 2013

So I ran a 5K. Now what?

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

Um. Yeah. So that happened indeed and honestly, I’ve been asking myself the same question.

That’s the thing when you reach a goal. You spend so much time, energy, money, etc. getting there and then you’re there and you’re like, OKAY I DID IT……now what?

I’m not always the best at savoring that moment, but rather thinking, okay let’s go again! On to the next thing!

But for running, I’ve been thinking about it because, I didn’t really have a plan of what I would do after I completed this goal.

Sure, I still fantasize about running a marathon and being like, yeah bitches I am a MARATHONER. SUCK IT. But while that’s a great dream, I have to look at the hard reality to get there.

The entire experience from February, when I started this, to now, has been really fucking hard. And painful. And expensive. And it’s made me a little skittish about what to do next because, I don’t want to have it always be this hard (TWSS).

But, then I think about the positives that came from this. The discipline, the patience and the balance. Sometimes, I couldn’t go out until 2am or couldn’t have that extra beer because, well I had to run the next day. And I wanted to do it. Plus, my legs look ah-mazing.

I’m someone who loves challenges. Mental, physical, etc. I like being tested and challenging myself to learn and do something new and do it well.

And I don’t think I’m ready to say I’m done with this challenge yet.

So, at the advice and counsel of my running spirit animal, I’m going to start training again on Monday. For this.

Chicagos Perfect 10

It’s in November which gives me PLENTY of time to amp up for a 10K. For me, running is about my endurance, not necessarily speed, so I want to build upon what I’ve done now and push myself (gently) further.

Will I do it? I dunno but I am really going to try.

So here we go again! And if you’re in Chicago and want to to run with me, let’s do it!


  1. Erin says:

    Exciting!!! And you know what, as you increase your running distance I bet you will get faster at shorter distances and they will seem easier :-)

  2. allison says:

    Look you can do it – mind over matter.

    Instead of just running – I recommend adding in spinning or my favorite – hot yoga. I really find it helps me with my endurance because I’m sweating profusely for 60 minutes.

  3. congrats! i did a 5k a few years ago..truthfully i walked part of it but my goal was finish in 45 mins and i did it in 40! not to mention, i hate running, haha. i am sure you will set your next goal and succeed once again!

  4. Akirah says:

    Congrats! I ran a 10K once. I wanna run another race, but I’m still accepting that training mostly every day is a huge component of that. Unfortunately, my butt seems to like the couch a lot these days.