How I Stayed Motivated and Ran My Best 5K!

I’m not going to claim to be an expert on running; I’m a beginner myself. But I really want to help anyone struggling with getting out there and exercising, and finding their motivation.

I started my journey in April, running 2.5 miles in 28:21, which is 11:20 pace. I remember being really proud of myself because it was my first time running more than a mile since high school. I ran that same route a few weeks later, going a little faster than before. I didn’t visit this idea of running for exercise till months later in June.

A friend of mine at the time, who had ran with me earlier in the year, wanted me to run a 5K with him in July. I agreed to it, but knew I needed to start training to get better. I began with just running a mile a day, trying to gradually get better each day. One day, I remember feeling really great and running 2.6 miles without any problems. I was finally seeing the progress I wanted!

I was starting to run further and further as it got closer to race day. On July 23, probably one of the hottest days of the summer, I ran my 5K in 31:46, which is 10:13 pace. I was so disappointed in myself because my goal was to run under 30 minutes. I wanted to give up, but instead I just kept going.

It’s now December and I’ve ran eight races total, ranging from 5Ks and 4 mile races. I’ve gotten down to 8:32 pace, with my best 5K time being 26:32! I’ve never felt better about myself, and with a little hard work anyone can reach their goals.

Good luck on your running endeavors!

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