On April 26, 2009 I will be participating in the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5k race sponsored by AmeriHealth. The proceeds will go to the Special Olympics of New Jersey. The race will start in New Jersey to New York City and back via the Lincoln Tunnel. This will be my first 5k and I am both excited and nervous. While the race is optional to run/walk my intentions is to run the whole way through. Running from NJ to NY is an amazing story to tell and running under water through a tunnel makes the story even better!
If you are wondering what stemmed this desire I'll tell you. In September of 2008, I decided to get serious and I began to really dedicate my time to becoming fit conscious. I implemented running into my workout plan and I have been running ever sense. The day I ran my first mile I knew running was something I wanted to continue and I immediately pledged to run a 5k. Fast forward to February 2009, I have since found a race to participate in and I am ready to fulfill my pledge.
To keep track of my progress I will post regular diary entries so I can stay on course. I have created my own personal training strategy that will be successful in helping me complete the race. This week I am up to 2.25 miles. While 2.25 miles is still quite difficult to achieve I am convinced that in 8 weeks I will be able to run the 5k gracefully and effortlessly.
Runners who can complete the race in 25 minutes will start at 8:45am. Runners who will need more than 25 minutes will start at 9:15. For those who know me well, you know that I will be striving to start at 8:45.
I encourage you to take to this journey with me as I strive to complete my first 5K. Any tips or words of motivation are strongly welcomed. If over the course of time my diary reflects that I have been slacking, I challenge you to be a true friend and call me on it.
Setting goals and carrying them out is what 2009 is all about. I have many goals to fulfill but I am well on the way. I hope you look forward to the diary entries that are soon to come, I'll see you at the finish line!!!