Hi friends! Thank you for your sweet comments and insights on my last post. You guys are the best!
Today is an exciting day for me 😀 One year ago I decided to start the Couch to 5k program after years of saying I would “get into running.” I was never, ever a runner. I played softball and volleyball in high school and always dreaded when we had to run laps. In college, my cardio of choice (if I even worked out) was the elliptical machine at a nice, easy pace. Runners seemed so dedicated, so out of my realm. I would admire their dedication if I drove past them, but I never really thought I could actually become one. I don’t really know what possessed me to finally start the Couch to 5k. I had just started reading healthy living blogs around this time last year, so I think that had some sort of impact. I made up my mind to just do the damn thing. And I did. It wasn’t easy, and I remember nearly passing out the second day of the program. But, along with the discomfort, I felt a sense of pride. A sense of productivity. A sense of doing something healthy for my body. This started to trickle into other areas of my life. I began making healthier eating choices. Running helped me to become a better me.
I finished the 10 weeks of the couch to 5k and was elated. I, previously the antithesis of a runner, could run for 35 minutes straight! I truly believe that if I can become a runner, anyone can, so long as they put their heart into it. Now, I can’t imagine my life without running. Co-workers refer to me as the “runner of the office” (and I think they believe I’m a bit crazy, but that’s neither here nor there). Since this past September, I’ve completed 4 5ks and a really fun Virginia is for Lovers 14k with my husband. My best friend,
who emphatically told me that she HATED running, became inspired to start training for one after I finished my first 5k. She completed the couch to 5k and rocked her first race. It was freezing- we have photographic evidence:
I’ve logged 235 miles so far this year and plan on logging many, many more. I’ll be running the Boilermaker 15k on July 11th and, a week later, running the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run in Philly! After that I start training for my ultimate goal- a half marathon! Yesterday I bit the bullet and finally registered for the Mohawk Hudson Half Marathon on 10/10/10! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I never could have dreamed one year ago today that running would play this big a part in my life. But it does. And I am so ecstatic about it.
Today, I’m celebrating running 😀 What do you have to celebrate today?