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It's Downhill from Here… More Confessions of a Couch Potato

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Borgess Run 2017

Well friends, we're approaching the home stretch of my training for the Borgess Run for the Health of It 5K race. In lieu of some minor setbacks, I have great news: I. Am. Running!

Regardless of my past experiences - you know that wimpy kid who was always whining in gym class because they didn't want to run. Or the kid who created fake injuries, forged elaborate excuses, and limped their way around while an imaginary Sara McLaughlin sang 'In the Arms of an Angel' in the background - that used to be me. But not anymore.

You might remember from my previous post that when this journey began I was a bit hesitant, and I have to admit I didn't really picture my efforts coming to fruition. Mostly because my lungs were slowly freezing from the inside out. But as we continued to train and the winter thawed, should I dare say it? I actually enjoy running.

Maybe it's the rush of the adrenaline as each mile passes, or the strength I feel as I shatter my personal goals. All I know is that the encouragement I get from my teammates, and the knowledge that at the end of this, all those hours of hard work spent, there is a pay-off. I've also learned so much from the trainers at camp on how to increase my strength and speed, and how to deal with real runner issues like blisters and shin splints.

Speaking of shin splints, let me tell you about those pesky little things. They definitely find you when you least expect it and make your life a living nightmare with every pounding step. Thankfully the trained Borgess Run staff offered me some tips like the wonders of a tennis ball to keep those little suckers at bay; the results were totally worth it.

Admittedly my crazy schedule, has made training a challenge for me to carve out time with my team. But even if I miss a run, my team leader sends me an email with opportunities to schedule a mid-week run and some encouraging words to motivate me to help get it done. I really can't remember the last time I felt so empowered! (Except for that one time I folded a fitted sheet on my own. I know, it was legendary.)

Next step - preparing for race day. The Borgess Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th. With races ranging from a full marathon (no thank you) to smaller runs like the 10K, 5K, and 5K walk, there truly is something for everyone. There are even some smaller family events (a motivational mile and kids fun run) in the days leading up to the race. There are currently hundreds of runners scheduled to compete and as part of the 50 State Challenge, 39 states are represented with more signing up every day.

The races kick off early Sunday morning, and the festivities continue in Tent City located at the Start/Finish Line area where the celebration includes live music and food. Arcadia Ales even created a unique brew for the occasion titled 'The Big Finish' - that alone should be motivation to attend. All this to say, if you haven't signed up yet for the race, you should. And if exercise isn't your thing, come on out to cheer for all the Kalamazoo runners (or point and laugh at the huffers and puffers like me.)

Looking back, I still can’t believe how far I've come while training. I went from dry heaving at mile 2 to racing my own personal best at mile 5, all while creating great memories, making lasting friendships, enjoying a beautiful Michigan Spring, and establishing healthy habits that will stick with me for life. I used to say that I wasn't a runner. And while I don't foresee any IRONMAN competitions in my near future, I am running. And am loving every step.

So stay tuned, faithful fans look for my results, as I - Kaitlin the Great Couch Potato - tackle the 2017 Borgess Run for the Health of It -5K.

See you at the finish line!

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