Story by Michelle Rojano
I am not a dietitian or personal trainer. I am simply an average person sharing their story to help others learn from my mistakes and hopefully inspire others to find their best health. Follow
@chelly788 on Instagram to track my 5K and health progress in between publications.
The 5K I ran was to raise awareness and funds for Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a gene mutation. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, children develop normally and then start showing signs of Retts. The disorder is almost exclusively seen in females and symptoms range from muscle tone loss, speech impairments and inability to use their hands.
I didn’t sign up because of the cause but after running I realized how mutually beneficial this event was. Donating money and raising awareness for a cause while simultaneously pursuing healthier habits. It was a win, win.
I finally ran the 5K. I was nervous the day before; I did not feel prepared for the race, and I had never before participated in an event like this. The morning of the race was cloudy, cold and rainy. I had planned ahead and wore leggings and a long sleeved workout shirt. It wasn’t actually raining during the registration period, so I expected the rain to hold off until after the race ended. Everyone had lined up on the river trail at Wiley Post by the starting line. Right before the race started was probably the most exciting part for me. I looked around and saw women and men of all ages ready to run. Mothers with their kids in strollers, couples trying to stay warm, friends joking about being left behind. There was a lot of energy and anticipation. Just as the race began it began drizzling but everyone kept the same energy. Pretty soon after the race began, the runners broke up into groups; the fast ones, the joggers and the walkers. About a quarter through the race the drizzle turned into heavy rain. I was soaked within minutes but I wasn’t cold since I was running. I actually enjoyed running in the rain, it made the experience exciting and challenging in its own way. I ran the 5K in 31 minutes 10 seconds. This is actually my fastest time I have ever run. I was hoping to run it in 30 minutes or under but my fastest time before the race was about 35 minutes. Shaving off 4 minutes was a huge improvement. I placed eighth in my age category.
From this race, not only did I learn the mutual benefit of running for a cause, I am also motivated to participate in more events like this in the future. I went from not even being able to run a mile, to running a mile in 15 minutes, to running a 5K in 31 minutes. I made significant progress in the two months I trained. I am excited to see my progress in future races. My plans are to participate in the OKC Memorial race, next spring. I plan to run either a 5K in faster time or possibly run a 10K. It is all dependent on my progress throughout the winter with my training. I personally find running on a treadmill boring, so hopefully I am able to overcome this over the winter since it is pretty much one of my only options during the season.
For anyone interested in running next year, visit runsignup.com. Visit okcrunning.org to find local races.
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