Is to be able to run, back-pain free, and under a 15-minute mile pace. All I ask is a sub-45 minute 5K. Is that really too much to ask? I’m getting there. It would help to go to physical therapy, but the life and times of a full-time ESOL elementary teacher in North Fulton County sometimes just doesn’t allow for that over Thanksgiving Break.
I’m getting closer to that goal — as I took my feet back on the road for the first time in three months today, very slowly, very steadily, and very mindfully — 30/30 second walk/run intervals all the way. My lungs burned; my throat burned. My back worked its way back into positions it hasn’t seen in months and eventually back to the rightful place. There was a lot of mental screaming and foam rolling after.
I look back at my old 5K race bibs, with times of 34, 33, 32, and eventually 31 and change — never less than that. I have a lot of work to do, both inside and outside of the classroom. Both on and off the running trail. More on that later. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!