I came, I saw, I Conquered: My First 5k experience

I officially completed my first 5k ya’ll! I have been wanting to do one since high school, and at the beautiful age of 30, I did my first one.

The crazy part about it is, I did not train for it.

What the hell was I thinking?

No really, what was I thinking? Honestly, I don’t know.

But here’s what happened. I found out about the race 2 weeks before it happened. I was at the Culver City stairs doing a workout and I saw the promotion booth for the 5k run.¬† I have wanted to Conquer the Overlook for years, but something seemed to have always come up to stop me. So seeing the promoters reminded me my urge to do it.

Now a little background, I have been completing a lot of “firsts” this year:

  • I established my business, Apree Aktive, LLC.
  • I outlined my first book ( Sign up for updates here).
  • I hosted my first set of outdoor group workouts.

and I officially started working on this blog.

Doing all of this made me realize that I AM CAPABLE of doing exactly what I set my mind to, I just have to continuously ask myself

Why not me?

That’s how I made my decision; 10 days before the race.

I doubted how much of the race I could actually run, so I was willing to walk it if need be. It just needed to be done.

Can you tell I was really nervous?

Fast forward 10 days later. I have downright anxiety about this run. I did not have a chance to train for this race, with the exception of one run I did a few days prior. I was extremely occupied with a heavy workload while at the same time preparing my daughter for her first day of middle school soon after the race.


Fear was embedded in my mind that entire Saturday. I knew I wasn’t prepared and I was close to forfeiting my registration fees I paid and I almost backed out.

Strangely, that fear still motivated me to go, and I don’t think I have ever had an adrenaline rush like that in my life.

Photos from the finish line. My daughter was there waiting for me.

The lesson I learned is this. Sometimes we have to really challenge ourselves to really step outside of our comfort zone.  Its one thing to say it, while its a totally different ballgame when you actually do it.

I don’t know if this comes with age or what, but I am literally sick of allowing myself to be complacent in various areas of my life. I have way too many visions, gifts and goals that God has given me and I have not completed quite a few of them. I’m convinced

Now is my time


Lets discuss: What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t done it yet?


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With Love,






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