That is awesome! What an inspirational story. Thanks for sharing it with us! I've always wanted to run but have a bad back. I have been thinking about doing a 30K walk for Cancer and your story has inspired me to do it!
Congratulations. I am with you - I was scheduled to do a physical assessment and they said you will have to run a 12 minute mile on the treadmill. I didn't want to be mortified (at 245lbs I bounce a lot), so I cancelled the assessment, thinking I just couldn't do it. I do 14 minute miles on the elliptical, but that is easy, and in the back of the gym. I tried it on Friday when no one was around and I made it. I ran another 12 minute mile yesterday. Turns out the assessment only asks to see if you can run for 12 minutes. I CAN!
That is AWESOME! Good for you! I am actually doing my first 5k in 2 years this Saturday, I don't have the highest expectations but I've been doing some training at the gym so, who knows?! Your story has inspired me to stay motivated no matter what and keep pushing myself to maybe do better in the next 5k in May and then even better at the one I plan to do in June! THank you and keep up that great work!!!
WooHoo! I just started adding a little slow jogging to my 4 mile dog walk on Sunday. At first it was just 2 mailboxes per block. Now it's 200 steps per block (they are long blocks). My pace isn't noticeably faster than my walking pace (about 4mph), but I'm still kind of stunned that I can actually do it!
"Be yourself, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss
That is wonderful!! My friend and I run at about a 12 minute pace. For the last few years we train and do the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Last year we made a pact to keep it up and we have!! Our pace has improved a bit and we even signed up for the ING half-marathon this weekend. We know we'll have to walk some but the point is...we made it! You have too!! Keep it up!!
"What is the difference between a jogger and a runner?"
Answer: "An entry blank."
You go girl!!!
I started my running journey by trying to make it from a telephone pole to a telephone pole. Soon, I did my first 5K. Then, a 10K. I'm now training for my fifth half marathon and considering a full marathon in the fall. Trust me, the good feeling you get starts to become something you can't seem to live without.
Enjoy the pain, the callouses, the chafing and the immense feeling of accomplishment that you get from crossing the finish lines as well as making it back to your driveway at home.
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That is wonderful, I'm so thrilled for you. I try but just can't get there yet...but I'm fast walking, hoping to make the jump to running soon!
Your posting was very timely and congratulations by the way! I have been working out with a group of women and a trainer 2 -3 times per week for the last month. We do a mix of weights and cardio. I can tell I am getting stronger. Last night, we ran outside. It was horrible. I felt like I couldn't get enough air. I walked some and kept on. I have never liked running (jogging) but I want to because i know it's benefits for burning calories. I guess also what inspired me is that you have been working on this for 2 years. It made me aware that NONE of this is overnight; whether this is losing weight and exercising. Live in the momemnt and keep pushing through because this time next year maybe I will be running a mile without stopping!
That's so great! And once a runner always a runner.
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I remember the first time I had that feeling a few months ago! I had never been a runner before and decided to try out a 5k just for a challenge. It was great! Now I have run a 4mi race and am signed up for a 10k in a month and a half! Keep up the good work!
"If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies" Unknown
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Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story. I have been telling myself that I'm an athlete becasue of the way I can and do move my body and sweat when I'm working out. It feels good to give yourself a positive name, doesn't it? Good for you!
Remember, you have everything you need to succeed.
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Woohoo - congrats on becoming a runner and building this foundation that will help you reach many other goals.
"Your daily actions and words impact more people than you ever realize!" -- SparkGuy
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I posted this blog but also had to put it here!! ________________________________________ _____ I had 36 minutes to think of a title for this blog while on the treadmill this morning. Today, I am became a runner!
Sure I have run before. I even have two t-shirts to say I did a 5K (although, truth be told I walked part of them, which was OK with me.) My February 22nd blog was about running 1.25 miles consecutively. I was so happy that day because I realized I was finally tearing down some of those mental limitations. Tuesday of this week I did 1.75 miles straight. After that run, I was confident that my goal of mid April for a 5K seemed totally possible now.
Tuesday to Friday is only 3 days but guess what? This morning, I did 3 miles in 36:04 minutes!!! I walked the first quarter mile as a warm-up then set the treadmill for 5.0 and started jogging. Throughout the next 32 minutes I would continue at that pace and even went a half mile at 5.5! Then when I saw 3 miles in 36 minutes could be a reality - set it back up to that speed for the last quarter mile. I had some thoughts during that time on how my body was responding, other times I just enjoyed my iPod, and other times I just felt like I was in a "zone".Today's run was different than others because at about 2.25 miles I thought - this is what a runner feels like and it feels good.
As I was getting a shower this morning" I realized its been 2 years and 2 months on Spark (on Sunday it will be 2 y, 2m and 2 days!). Starting at 222 pounds (maybe I should play 222 on the lottery on Sunday), I would have never imagined that I would jog 3 miles straight, much less enjoy it. Hitting this goal (and much earlier than planned) feels just as good as losing the weight. It is a great reminder that success breeds success. Setting small goals and accomplishing them makes me want to continue to reach higher. Reach higher not only in fitness but many other aspects of my life, as well.
Today is a great day!
The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart. -John Welwood
If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison
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