It seems like I have been talking about this day for months! As you may have read here , here and here I somehow
tricked bribed convinced my husband into training for the Jingle All The Way 5k in Washington, DC last Sunday. With his big milestone birthday coming up, I was able to convince him that it would be a great accomplishment. We began the modified couch to 5k plan at the end of August.
Let’s recap a little shall we? The hubs started out strong around Labor Day keeping to the 3 day a week run/walk schedule. He had not been doing any exercise at all really for a quite a while. He started off with 5 min walks and 2 min runs and really started off on a great track.
Month 2 we were still going strong and I was starting to see some changes in his weight and he was noticing the improvement in his stamina. The run walk intervals were getting a little longer and he was adapting nicely. He even sent me texts to let me know he was running while traveling for work.
This past month, with more work travel and longer runs on the plan, he began to find running more challenging. He started to lose interest in running slightly and found it to be more of a chore. I believe he mentioned that there was a reason people didn’t usually marry their coaches LOL. Adding in some stationary bike workouts made it a little less monotonous. He reported feeling really bored on the treadmill and really “not loving running”. In fact, he said he really just didn’t like it all. What??
I was a little worried about Race Day and if he would be able to make it through. I had planned to run with him on race day but he decided that he would rather run with a friend who was at a similar pace. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t want to run with me but then realized that I could then run with my friends so win win all around.
The Jingle All The Way is a festive, fun and really flat course down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Nation’s Capitol. Here we are on race morning ready to run with our son and some of his work buddies.
I met up with a few MRTT friends before the start for our annual multi chapter photo meet up.
Wished him luck and headed off to the start. The course is pretty flat and fast and the perfect weather made for a great race for me. I was able to pull off a faster run than I have in a long while. There is just something majestic about running down Pennsylvania Avenue with the Capitol in sight.
The hubs said he really loved the energy and excitement of race day as well as the camaraderie of the other runners. This race brings out all kinds of fun holiday themed costumes which makes for great people watching.
Before I knew it we arrived at the finish line! We had a few more minutes to wait for the Hubs to cross the finish. He had a definite smile of relief and accomplishment as he ran through.