what were we thinking?

Since Ryan and I made a goal to make fitness one of our top priorities this year,
we decided it would be good to sign up for a run - preferably a 5k - just to kick things off.
Well, we were driving by the field house a few days ago and saw a sign for a 5k on post,
so we quickly jumped at the opportunity to sign up...
and then realized that we'd actually signed up for an 8k.

First of all, I didn't even know that an 8k was a thing.
I was pretty sure that races went from 5k to 10k...am I wrong in this thinking?
Second, with the race just a few days a way, I'm officially terrified.

I am not a runner, guys.
I am just a girl that attempts to run and usually ends up regretting it.
See, Exhibit A:

^^^ The Dirty Dash in Utah, circa 2010

That's my happy face when I'm running...aka utter disgust.
That race pictured above was a 10k in Heber, Utah in August when it was 102 degrees.
The race this weekend starts at 8 AM on post because it's been averaging over 80 every day.
Look, there's a part of me that's thrilled to be doing this.
There is also, however, a part of me that thinks I'm absolutely nuts.

I've been suffering from some pretty epic shin splints as of late, 
as well as some crazy foot cramps, and painful blisters on the soles of my feet from the hot pavement.
I bought cooling running socks, and they've helped, but the damage there is done.
Now, I'm just trying to keep things under control until after the race.

Any runners out there want to give me some tips on how not to die this weekend?
I think if I just go slow and steady, I might just survive...
but who knows?

14 comments

  1. GO girl! Good luck and take care of your toesies :) Xx.

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    1. Thanks, doll! haha I'm just hoping to finish the race!

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  2. Have you changed out your running shoes lately? When I get shin splints, it's usually due to my over-run shoes. I had my gait analyzed and love my new shoes. You should do that if you're getting more serious about running! PS: Good luck on your 8k!!

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  3. I have no tips for you girl, I have never been the running type, but I will wish you the best of luck! At least you will have your hubby suffering next to you!

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  4. I've never heard of an 8k either! At any rate... don't stress it, just have fun! I have no problems stopping and walking during my races, especially if I'm having pain. Just go and have a good time, and stop if it hurts too much! Good luck but I know you got this! :)

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  5. I haven't heard of an 8k. Should be fun though. Just try and stay hydrated or use a wet cloth underneath your collar to stay cool.

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  6. You will do great! Just take your time and have fun! =]

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  7. Good luck this weekend! My advice is just to do the best you can, that's what I think before every run at least.

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  8. Aye, shin splints are the worst, I hate them!! Good luck lady, stay cool, and pain free!

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  9. Listen to your body. Don't push yourself just to push yourself. Start hydrating a lot the few days before!

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  10. I'm no runner, and I'm pretty persistent in not wanting to ever be one. Angel just randomly told me that he signed up to run 3 5Ks with his coworkers over the next few weeks, and the first one is like 2 weeks away. I'm not sure if I will brave to cold to go and support him or not. :P (Practical wife....haha!!)

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  11. Nope pretty sure I thought they went from 5k to 10k also :)

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