Getting By With a Lot of Help from My Friends

5k sticker

Farida made a decal to help encourage me as I get ready for my first 5K, which I’ll be running in two weeks. (Why a flamingo? There’s a story. It involves fairies and maybe only makes sense to four people on the face of the earth.) Lucas and I decided this would be a fun thing to do together. Lucas is 13, which would explain the crazy optimism he felt when we signed up. I’m not sure what came over me. I am looking forward to it, in a what-if-I-can’t-finish-or-break-something kind of a way. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t been training (unlike some teenagers I could mention). After almost 40 years of avoiding running at all costs, I find I enjoy it. I don’t think I’ll be a marathoner, like my dear and dedicated friend Farida, but I think this is something I’m going to keep doing until my knees give out or whatever. Ideally when I’m 90, because from what I understand, being 80 is awesome.


  1. olivia
    Posted July 8, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to hear about your first 5k, Adrienne, and mine won’t be long after yours! Hoping we can run together again sometime soon? I don’t have a set workout I have to do anymore. :)

  2. Posted July 8, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    GO, YOU!

    Farida is inspirational, isn’t she? You’re both making me want to take up running. Honestly. I’m pondering it. Baby steps.

  3. Posted July 8, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    You’ve got this, Adrienne. You have done the training, and you will finish the race. That first 5k is pretty special. There are a number of women in the “Beyond No Boundaries” 10k program who say, “We’ll see how this goes,” and they said that about the 5k program they finished. Each new distance is an exciting, sometimes daunting, unknown. @Olivia, you are lucky you get to run with Adrienne! @Jules, baby steps will get you where you need to go.

  4. adrienne
    Posted July 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Olivia, We should! Are you around on Sunday? Maybe I’ll text, though, so we can make our plans that way. ;)

    Jules, She is an inspiration, and if you do decide to give running a go, I think the thing is baby steps. I have been very, very easy on myself with this, and I think that’s why I’ve kept it up. It’s fun rather than stressful or painful. I don’t need another thing that I feel like I’m not doing well enough in my life, you know?

    Farida, THANK YOU! As I keep saying, I’m still just kind of impressed with myself that I run at all.

  5. olivia
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I should be around Sunday. Let’s figure it out. :)

  6. tanita
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I think you need the flamingo on a hat.

    I needed a hat when I walked a mile and a half in Baltimore and almost fell over. I hope there is little to no humidity when you run, Adrienne. Dry day, nice breezes to you.

  7. adrienne
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Olivia, Yay!

    Tanita, Yesterday I went for a run after work and was just drenched with sweat from the workout, heat, and humidity. I love the humidity, but it was a bit much even for me, so I appreciate that hope.

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