International 5k Challenge

Over a couple beers at the hotel bar (where the most important discussions often happen) during the BLUG conference in Antwerp, BE I got into a discussion with Femke Goedhart about running. We were both bemoaning our recent lack of motivation and the desire to increase our overall fitness. So we came up with the idea to run a 5k at the same time in our respective areas of the world.

May 19, 2012. In two months. 7 weeks.

Naturally Femke started training last week. I didn’t. But I have excuse! You see while I was overseas I got up in the middle of the night and stubbed my toe on my luggage. Normally this would just involve a lot of muttered curses. However on this particular night I was so physically tired that I couldn’t raise my leg high enough to step over the luggage and so I toppled over it like a felled redwood and landed on my side. On a marble window sill. On the same side I injured last year.

No, I didn’t call 999 (or even 0118 999 88199 9119 725!) but I did let my roomie know what was up and I kept a close eye on my breathing, etc. It really only hurt when I coughed, sneezed, or twisted a certain way. It did produce a spectacular bruise all up my side though, so I had that going for me.

I didn’t want to try running though for a least a week because I knew the deep breathing would aggravate it. Even as late as this past Saturday, coughing was pretty painful but Sunday and Monday were markedly better so I tried a little jogging last night. I didn’t go too far and I didn’t push it, just enough so I felt like I did something.

So, it’s game on, people! May 19, 2012 — The International 5k Challenge. You can run, bike, walk, or skateboard any distance you wish. There’s no time limits other than what you set for yourself. The point is to set a challenging goal for yourself and to attempt it on the same day.

How will YOU challenge yourself??


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