First Five


First5KBefore First Five

Before my first-ever 5K on Thursday. See how bright and optimistic I look?
I had no idea what was about to befall me. (Especially around the 3 km mark.)


When I was in my early 20s, one Sunday afternoon I tried to go for a run. 

How hard can it be? I thought. I walk everywhere all the time.

I thought I would give it a try. I pictured running along beside the water, smiling at people I met. In my vision I was as smooth and graceful as an Olympic marathoner. 

I put my sneakers on and set out from my apartment. When I got to the end of the driveway I started to run… and I didn’t make it to the end of the block. 

I remember looking at the stop sign on the corner, huffing and puffing and defeated.

I didn’t run again, aside from short bursts to the car or to take the garbage out after dark. (I had a run-in with a raccoon in my driveway once.)

I briefly had a membership at a gym next to where I worked. I spent most of my time thinking about reasons I was too tired to go.

Truthfully, I have never really been the exercising sort.

I sometimes thought of biking – the wind in my hair was invigorating. But my bike has sat in my shed for 10 years.

I like swimming – the cool water was refreshing and relaxing. But again arises the problem with too-tired-to-move. 

If someone had told me that I would one day do a 5K, I would have laughed. 

Running? Definitely not for me. 

Or was it?

I started to think about it more and more. 

There was a voice in my head that said I was too old, too round, too out of shape. But thankfully there was another voice that said, “Maybe…?”

I tried, slowly and with small goals (just get to that fire hydrant) to start.  Then I began a couch to 5K program.

I felt invigorated and strong. And I always felt tired after – but tired because I knew I had done something hard – something that I thought I would never be able to do. There were smiles behind my exclamations of “Phew!” 

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a virtual 5K. And I said yes.

Around the same time, I also got a used treadmill to make running easier this time of year. (There is unpredictable Canadian winter weather around these parts.) I had never thought of a treadmill before. I mean, what if I fell off?  (A very real possibility.)

Guess what? I didn’t fall off.

First5K First Five

After! Tired and legs a bit rubbery, but still smiling.
Because I DID IT!

I did it. My first-ever 5K. 

It wasn’t fast. And I certainly don’t look like that graceful marathoner in my imagination. But I. DID. IT.

(And I think I could do it again. In fact, I will.)

What have you done that you once thought you couldn’t? 

I was so happy to do my first-ever 5K with a virtual run hosted by Greta from GFunkified, for Team USA and Laura from Mommy Miracles for Team Canada in support of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am so glad to have been able to contribute to a great cause, while at the same time achieving a personal milestone.  You can visit Greta and Laura‘s fundraising pages for more information. 

ippp polaroid 125 x 125 First Five
About Kim Steele

Kim is an early childhood educator turned stay at home mom who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband. Together they are co-piloting two little Captains, Alpha and Bravo. She writes about the funny and the sentimental of everyday life with her boys. Kim is fond of Jane Austen and science fiction and can often be found singing in the car - although she has been known to stop for coffee or chocolate. Connect with Kim on Twitter and Facebook.

Comments Make Me Geek Out

  1. Yay for doing your first 5K! Mine was my first one as well…
    I had to laugh out loud when I read “How hard can it be, I walk all the time” BECAUSE I SAID THE SAME THING. And as we both know, it’s not the same thing at all :)
    You did it! Yay!
    Kerstin @ Auer Life recently posted..ZwetschgenknödelMy Profile

  2. I love that you did something you thought you couldn’t do…. especially because I used to think the exact same thing! Running had never, ever been easy for me, but it’s gotten so much easier in the last year. And I do so love my treadmill. :) Congratulations, and I’m so glad you participated!!
    greta recently posted..First Grade Hoops #iPPPMy Profile

  3. So awesome. I remember when I first started running (because I decided a 10k training clinic sounded like a good idea). I almost died in the first 30-second interval and thought I would never do it. Amazing what we can overcome when we want to! I love that you signed up for this and did it. And I think a treadmill is a fantastic idea in this weather!
    Robin | Farewell, Stranger recently posted..Finding Slow Amid FastMy Profile

  4. I huffed and puffed my way through the 5K too! Aside from my general state of unfitness, the asthma was kicking my butt. But doing it for a good cause kept me going, and I’m glad it did. I know that I am no runner though, I don’t love running, yoga is my thing. But I wouldn’t mind doing it again for good causes. Congratulations you, for finishing your first 5k!
    Alison recently posted..Existential BummerMy Profile

    • Thank you, Alison!
      I have only gone to one yoga class – over 10 years ago – but I did enjoy it. There is so much about yoga that appeals to me, though.

  5. Good for you, the #tntduel was my first 5k too.
    Christopher D Drew recently posted..A Pastor, A Pagan, and A Hippy Walk Into A CoffeeshopMy Profile

  6. That is so AWESOME!! Congratulations! :) I have to tell you that reading your description of your first attempt at running was LITERALLY exactly like what happened to me when I tried to run. Unlike you, though, I was never able to get past that first time! ;)-Ashley
    thedoseofreality recently posted..Would You Rather: Gorge Yourself Or Pass The Plate?My Profile

  7. I am not a runner, but I admire those who are. I think I could run on a treadmill, but I’m afraid to buy one because I’m pretty sure it would just become a place to hang my clothes. Congratulations on your first 5k!
    Rabia @TheLiebers recently posted..If you Ask a Mom to Bake BrowniesMy Profile

    • Thank you, Rabia!
      Thankfully, I fold the laundry far away from where the treadmill is downstairs – otherwise I am sure I would end up hanging things on it one day. It remains clothes-free. :)

  8. Wow! I’m at the stage where I don’t think I can do it. Deep inside, I know how I operate when I really want something and I can make what previously seemed impossible seem possible in my mind. That’s how I’m operating lately with starting a business. Of course I have confidence in my photography abilities (well..mostly) but none in my sales/business/marketing abilities. I know I have to gain that to soar.
    Really happy for you. And not at all surprised.
    Tamara recently posted..I Wish I Were Big.My Profile

    • Thank you, Tamara.
      I am happy for you, pursuing your photography dreams. I know it will be awesome and wonderful and amazing. And learning and growing along the way will be one of the joys of that. :)

  9. Woohoo!!!! That’s awesome. I’m so glad to hear someone else is afraid of falling off the treadmill because I am too. I never let go of the hand holds when I’m on one.
    Jennifer recently posted..Pumpkin Pie with PAM Cooking SprayMy Profile

    • Thanks, Jennifer!
      I am letting go now for brief periods, but I still reach for the hand holds most of the time. I know I will get used to it – and get more comfortable – eventually but it still feels pretty new to me. :)

  10. WooHoo – so awesome that you went back to running and then were able to do a 5K!!!
    Kim recently posted..Is it a Compliment when you add a Qualifier?My Profile

  11. I am so happy for you! There is nothing like running your first 5K or first “anything” for that matter! May it be the first of many!
    Ilene recently posted..Upside DownMy Profile

  12. Congrats!! I feel the same way about running that you once felt. I once offered to run with my then boyfriend as he trained for a marathon. Like you, I made it to the end of the street and then turned back and left him to train on his own. Someday though, someday. I don’t really want to run a marathon. But a 5k, someday :)
    Tricia recently posted..Little fingersMy Profile

    • Thank you, Tricia!
      I don’t know that I will ever do a marathon, but I would like to keep running shorter distances. I like the getting out by myself and running with music and my thoughts. It has become a special type of “me time.” :)

  13. Yay for you!!! Congratulations! I am so happy for you but I knew you could do it! I have been very lax lately and this week started back…of course I ran a little too much and now I am paying for it. :) I need to stay consistent!
    Michelle recently posted..Giving Thanks {Ladies Only Blog Share}My Profile

    • Thank you, Michelle!
      I was not as consistent leading up to the 5K – I had gotten behind on my runs and my endurance wasn’t what it had been. But I was happy that I managed to do it – even if it wasn’t pretty or fast. (Although, really, I don’t think anyone will ever describe me as fast!) :)

  14. I love your smile in that first shot so much! And well, the second shot too! ;D Great job, Kim! You’re doing awesome! Keep it up!!
    Elaine A. recently posted..My Day. How Was Yours?My Profile

    • Thanks, Elaine! Even though it wasn’t fast (and I still had to walk some) I was really happy. :) I know I can so it again – just going to keep training!

  15. You go girl!!!
    Natalie recently posted..A Fulfilling WeekendMy Profile

  16. Awesome – way to go! I have never run anywhere except in short bursts, and even that is embarrassing. I am in awe of runners!!
    Andrea recently posted..We DancedMy Profile


  1. […] What did you do in 2013 that you’ve never done before? I ran a 5K! […]