“A 5K is My Mt. Everest”

We had a good mix of runners and non-runners at my baby shower on Saturday. We got on the topic of running somehow, and one friend mentioned that she’s not really running anymore. She said she “just does the occasional 5k that she can do without training.”

Another friend responded,

“Ummmm…a 5k is my Mt. Everest.”

I love how she put it.

I think we can all probably relate to one of these friends of mine.

Maybe you’re the one who has reached a place where you almost forget how far you’ve come. I know for a fact that this particular friend of mine has lost over 100 pounds and only took up running a few short years ago. Sometimes we get so caught up in training for bigger and better races that it’s easy to lose sight of the enormity of our accomplishments.

Don’t downplay yourself.

Remember that for many people, a 5k is their Mt. Everest.

You have a lot to be proud of.

But maybe you’re the one who is saying, “Yes! A 5k is my Mt. Everest.” Maybe it feels like an unattainable goal. Something you only dream of accomplishing.

I want to challenge you to make it happen. Why? Because I KNOW you can do it. You really can. I don’t care if you’re 100 pounds overweight. Or if you’ve never run a mile in your life.

Stop putting it off. Find a 5k early next year and sign up for it. I don’t care if you don’t feel ready – you will be.

Life is too short to keep saying “tomorrow.”

Now is your time.

Conquer Mt. Everest.

What is the “Mt. Everest” in your life? 

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  2. Love this! I got 70% of the way through my Everest, the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, before getting pulled off the course at mile 7. Next year, I will make it to the finish.

  3. This is so true. I can some times take for granted the fact that I am in way better shape than I was a few years ago and have the same mindset… oh just a 5k… when running a 5k seemed impossible to me before. Good reminder!

  4. This is really true! I think that comparison can happen SO EASILY, and it makes us less likely to do things when we get caught in that trap. It’s not “just a 5k”- it’s a whole 3.1 miles and that’s way more than many people can do. we should be happy with our growth and strength instead of disqualifying what we have because we’re comparing ourselves to someone else.

  5. Love this, it’s easy to get complacent!

  6. Victoria

    Your post made me think of the “2.62 I run too” bumper sticker I saw the other day. Like this: http://www.cafepress.com/iruntoo. Put a huge smile on my face and I wanted to high-five the driver (but we were on the highway so probably a bad idea).

  7. I love that analogy. That’s a great way of looking at things. Thanks!

  8. LOVE THIS!!! This is so true! The thought of running was daunting to me, but I stared running with some friends about six months ago and I just completed my first half marathon on Sunday. I didn’t train as well as I would have liked due to an ankle injury, but I did it.

  9. 13.1 is my Mt. Everest– I’m signed up to conquer it next spring! I’m terrified and psyched about it all at the same time.

  10. Great perspective! My best friend is currently training for her first 5k. She’s worked all the way up to running 2.5 miles. I tell her all the time how in awe of her I am. (She’s already talking about running a 10k!) It’s not easy to take on a huge goal like that.*

  11. Debbie b.

    My Mt. Everest is a marathon and the CPA exam. I have committed to do both next year. I am doing the marathon first so that I can be in the best shape to study for the exam.
    Great inspirational post.

  12. Jen

    (this is my first comment on your blog, yay!) I really love this post. As someone who has struggled with her weight her entire life, I started out trying to run only to learn that my weight was causing injuries. I thought I would never be able to run a mile, much less a 5k. I definitely understand where you’re friend is coming from. But over the years I kept working at it and now I’m training for my second half. I’ve been a little down on myself for my speed (or lack thereof), but you’ve reminded me to look back and realize that jogging a half is something beyond what I ever thought I’d be able to do. Thank you for such a timely reminder!

  13. I love this. Thank you.

    I ran a 5k last weekend with my boyfriend. I trained over the summer, ran one 5k, and then had to practically stop running in between that one and this, my second, for various reasons. I’ve been lucky to run once a week.

    This weekend when we ran, boyfriend was barely even breathing hard. He could have finished faster than me, but he stuck with me. And I was a hot mess. I had to walk a few times and was breathing way hard the whole race. I was embarrassed by how much better he was than me. I still am embarrassed.

    So thanks for reminding me that it’s something to be proud of.

  14. Debbie

    The timing of your blog was so perfect for me, next weekend I’m doing my first 5 k! I already know I won’t be running the whole thing but I’m excited to even be signed up! I’m still training and ran out of time, but I’ve gone from only being able to jog a half block to being able to jog a mile and half. And, I’ve lost 18 pounds in the process!

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