Sunday, June 22, 2008

My First 5K

I can now say that I've run and completed a 5K race! This morning I finished some youth group business by running the Siena/Francis House Race. You may remember my challenge to the youth group. You can read about it here.

The challenge was extended by one of our members (Dee Skillen) who pledged more money if I could run the race in under 30 minutes.

I can't say that I tried my best. I gave in several times to that little voice that says, "STOP!" My legs burned going up a steep hill, and my breathing was off. I finished in 36:38.

I was down on myself for a while, but here's the good news:

  • I finished!

  • I didn't finish last!

  • I had several good friends from church come out to support me.

  • In training, I have run 3 and 4 miles at a time. Last year, I could not run more than two.

  • Mr. Skillen graciously gave some money to World Vision anyway. He called it my "appearance fee." Thanks, Dee!

You can always learn lessons from life events. Today was no different.

When I reach heaven, it won't matter how fast I ran the race, but that I finish.

I will be cheered on by those who have gone on before me. I can't wait to see Sam in those crowds. I imagined him running beside me today.

If you want to gain better self-control, try setting goals for yourself. I have tried running before, but never gave myself a goal until this year. I plan to keep giving myself goals to stay motivated.

Give it your best, but be merciful to yourself if things don't go as expected!


Karen said...

You done good, Franklin. And I know Sam was there with you every step of the way.

(I still think people who run are weird, though. Thankfully, I like weird people.)

Morgan said...

Congratulations Franklin!! Heaven will be awesome...
Hmm...what will your youth group make you do next year?

Shane Coffman said...

Way to go, Franklin! I'm impressed.