Team Nuun keeps growing and growing, and one of our newest and brightest additions is Emma. She recently got inspired to run her first 5k, and not only knocked it out of the park but benefited the Seattle Animal Shelter with her sweat!
So how did it go? Read below for her firsthand account and some pretty compelling reasons to join in the Furry 5k fun next year!
One can’t work at a place like Nuun long before getting swept up in the positive, fanatically active lifestyle at the office. After only a month, I started feeling convicted to stretch myself by trying a new activity: running. I have to admit that this was an odd choice for me, as I’d always despised distance running. Maybe it was the contented looks on my coworkers faces when they’d come back from their “runches” (runs during lunches) that made me think twice, or maybe I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Either way, I pulled the trigger and signed up for the Furry 5k (dogs welcome!) to benefit the Seattle Animal Shelter.
I announced to the office that I had my first 5k on the horizon, and received enthusiastic support and encouragement. A coworker (running guru Vishal) provided me with a training regimen that I thought sounded embarrassingly easy. I scoffed at the idea of a 20 minute run just three times a week, but surprise, running is HARD. I was having a tough time hitting even one mile before I needed to stop and walk, and I was kind of mortified.
The night before the race I was fairly discouraged, and admittedly tempted to “forget” to set my alarm clock and sleep through the race. But I thought of all the well-wishes I had received from my coworkers on Friday, and knew I couldn’t walk in Monday morning without a bib and a race story. So I went anyway.
This is what I found: The energy at a race is awesome. All types of people, big and small, young and old, beginners and pros, showed up in support of the cause. Seward Park was wriggling with happy dogs. My husband signed up last minute and offered to pace with me, which was invaluable. I may have been the slowpoke that fell behind the waves of sprinters, but at least I had someone else to share my conservative pace. And to my absolute surprise, once the race had started, I made it to that elusive one mile mark without any trouble. I was almost too busy pointing out cute puppies and laughing at dogs who hated running more than I did to notice. And then I was at the 1.5 mile marker. And then the 2! It wasn’t until I hit a massive uphill that I had to slow to a walk for the first time. My confidence soared, and I realized that maybe, possibly, I was enjoying running. Crossing my first finish line felt pretty remarkable.
Bonus list: Awesome things seen at the Furry 5k (and reasons why you should come run it with me next year).
1. Fluffy little Pomeranian Price Philip, who (with his owner) won the race and set the Pomeranian world record for a 5k.
2. Pit-bull kissing booths. Self-explanatory.
3. Water stations with kiddie pools for hot pups (And the pups that refused to get that far before cooling off, and bee-lined for Lake Washington, dragging their owners behind them).
4. A dog owner drinking nuun, then squirting some into a cup to share with her golden retriever.
5. More adorable pups in race bandanas than I knew what to do with. Puppy kisses galore.