Last weekend was a true small town celebration- Fiesta Days in La Cañada. Pancake Breakfast, Family Dinner,Outdoor Movies, Parade, Fireworks- we got it ALL. In fact, Norman Rockefeller wished he could have lived in La Cañada.
This year I decided to do the Fiesta Days 5k Run. And, in true Kendyl’s Open House tradition, I made a little video about the event.
My very first 5k happened at this very event some 7 or 8 years ago. I didn’t mean to run a 5k race- that was a mistake. I meant to run a one mile “Family Fun Run”- you know, little kids and Mom’s pushing strollers? I was recovering from major surgery and my fitness instructor (Elizabeth Fuentes- Urban Army, she’s amazing) suggested I try something a little outside my comfort zone.
I knew something was amiss when I got to the race start and I was surrounded by unreasonably fit people stretching and checking their heart rate monitors. Being a pretty smart gal, I asked around and found out I was entered in the 5k race.
5k, eh? Well- that’s a tad more than a mile, I thought, but why not? How bad could it be?
I had no idea it would be 3.2 miles with every inch going up hill (I exaggerate, but not by very much). On the other hand, the race course winds it’s way through the incredibly beautiful La Cañada Flintridge hills, with the stately homes and tree covered hillsides. It is a breathtakingly beautiful run.
Too bad I had no breath to take.
I finished the course in 43 min and many, many, seconds. I was incredibly proud of myself. It was the first time I had run, anywhere.
Now, a great end to this story would be to tell you I became an avid runner as a result, but I did not. I still think running should only be done if you are being chased by a large, furry, animal.
But, in celebration of my continued health, I decided to run this one again. This time? 36 minutes, 42 seconds. Not bad. Not bad at all.