At the beginning of the summer, Cara approached me with this crazy idea. “Sign up for this 5K with me!” she said. My initial response was a “hell no”. But she said free teeshirts were involved and that a bunch of us from work would do it together. So I gave in and signed up. Now for some background, I am NOT a runner. I’ve done P90X and I Zumba on a weekly basis, but I get winded when I run for the subway or the bus. I used the $50 fee as motivation to get my ass in running shape. I ran twice a week for about a month or so and was able to run 2 miles before wanting to collapse. Then I got distracted and didn’t run for a month. Suddenly, the run was a week away. I told Cara I was screwed and we’d never finish the 5K.
On August 26th, me, Cara, and the rest of our team stood among 20,000+ runners in a sea of color. I turned to her and said “We WILL run the whole thing.” Side by side, Cara and I ran. I slowed down to keep her pace when she needed support. She yelled at me to “PICK UP YOUR FEET” when my jog was wilting to a walk. It was not easy. But together we sprinted across the finish line with WOOs and smiles. We had run the entire way – being eachother’s support and motivation. We reached our goal and it felt nothing less than amazing.
Our team name was #teameverest – because for Cara this was equivalent to conquering the climb up Mt. Everest. It sure as hell felt like we conquered a huge climb! For all of you athletic readers out there, stop laughing. Yes, a 5K doesn’t sound like a lot to someone who is in shape, but for people like us who don’t run or really work out EVER, this was a huge accomplishment.
We challenge YOU to climb your Mount Everest. We promise it will be an experience you will never forget. What will you accomplish?