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04 Dec Adventures with Ami: My First 5K

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These babies will make you run faster…just like when you were a kid.
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They do so by uploading your run data into the nike+ portal via your iPhone.
The transmitter calculates everything.
There by challenging you to try harder, run faster, farther, more often.
If you are at all competitive – like myself
you indeed will feel like you have on bionic shoes.

Employing any mechanism that will make me feel like going for a run
is a true feat.
My personal trainer, Travis, can attest to the numerous dirty looks and grumbling excuses any time the words run or jog come up in a session.  My gym teacher in 5th grade Mr. Burgoing, can show you my failed Presidential Physical Fitness assessment.  My sister can tell you that while she was running miles and miles in practice for field hockey, I opted to be a cheerleader, because we didn’t have to run.  Seriously.

I have bionic shoes.
My husband bought them for me for Valentine’s Day.
He loves me.
He loves my heart too.
I ran 3 kilometers today.
2k solid without slowing to a speed walk to catch my breath for a minute or so.
I did it on purpose.

Tomorrow I will do it again.

I wrote the above blog almost 2 years ago.  A lot has changed since then! Over 300km later…If you’ve been anywhere near me, my Facebook page or twitter, you’ve heard me talk about running with zombies. The Zombies, Run! app – has taken over my fitness fun these days.  I keep telling everybody that will listen about how much fun I’ve been having running lately.  Last year, I hated running outside, opting for the controlled environment of the trusty treadmill.  This year, I’ve been opting for running outside, where I can really stretch out and sprint at full speed during intervals.  Where hills challenge me and the air is cool.  It’s been a great adventure, this running thing…all because I got running shoes instead of roses for Valentine’s Day 2012. What a spectacular gift!
I never would have guessed that I’d be so fond of running and look forward to getting out there the way I do.  I’ve switched up my shoes to Brooks Pure Drift’s, the treadmill for the pavement and watching the news in the gym while I run, to listening to the story of the zombie apocalypse unfold while sprinting so they can’t catch me.  There is only one thing left for me to do… sign up for my first race!  2013 will be the year I run a real race – or two. On purpose, for fun.  It still sounds funny to me.  I’ve come so far in a year.  How far do you want to go?  Let the boundaries of your imagination fall away, so you CAN be healthy, fit and happy.  You never know what you are capable of until you decide that you are ready for an adventure.  Don’t let fear get in the way.  Let preconceived notions of what you are and are not capable of wash away. You CAN do anything!
What are your challenges or fears?

How do you plan to tackle them?

So I stalled and avoided the 5k as long as I could muster.  What was I afraid of? I don’t know really.  Finishing last? Was I destined for a 26.2 sticker on my car if I started running in events, becoming one of ’those people’? I don’t know what kept me from running a race for so long.  I came up with a dozen excuses why I should opt out this past week.  Ranging from plausible to absurd, I had a list! I didn’t back out, I went, badge on, ready to run the Chill On The Hill 5k in St Louis, MO.  I didn’t come in last, it wasn’t scary.  I had my team there cheering for me and I had fun!  Later today we went to the running store that sponsored the race, looking for a 5k sticker 😀 I told them I had just run the Chill On The Hill…they said… OH! The hilly one! Ha! It was hilly, I thought so too…half way through the 5k.  At the top of a hill a lady was cheering me on, telling me I COULD do it.  She was right. So now I know.  I picked a good one to start with! I have already found another 5k to run!  So if you haven’t done it yet…what are you waiting for?
Just run!
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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Patrick Nottingham
    Posted at 12:19h, 04 December

    I just started the running thing with the sole purpose of doing a zombie run. I have yet to like it or look like anything other than a turtle crawling through peanut butter, but I’ll keep at it so I’m not easy Pickens for the zombies come August when the do the 5k race here.

  • Sherisse Hartley
    Posted at 14:00h, 04 December

    Congrats Ami! It took me a long time to run my first 5k too, but after that I was hooked! I can relate to you, I used to hate running! Thanks to a plant based diet, I have the desire, motivation and fuel to be a runner <3 Hope to hear about your future races!

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