Sunday, May 31, 2009
There is a line in Forrest Gump that sums it up..."I ran to get where I was going, I never knew it would get me anywhere"
He said that when running got him a scholarship to play football in college. Well, I didn't get a scholarship to play football....but I did, FINALLY, have the confidence and the courage to go back to college! And I owe it all to running.
January 1st started like it does for many people who are fighting with their weight! I was going to lose weight, I was going to change my life, blah blah blah! I didn't want this to be like every other failed attempt! I had to figure out a new game plan!
That is when I stumbled upon Spark! Its also when I decided to try to run. Now, when I started, I couldn't even run for 5 minuteswithout stopping. But, I liked it. So I joined the Begining Runners Club on Spark and I was inspired by people's stories of finishing their first races! So that is what I decided I wanted. I wanted to feel that sense of accomplishment! It was a goal that was concrete and very attainable. So I started training. I had a new fire in me! It was empowering!
Each day I set a new goal...longer distance, faster time..etc. Every goal I reached pushed me to do more. The amazing side effect was that the weight was falling off! People asked me what I was doing to lose weight...I said I was training for a race!
May 16th came and I was a bundle of excitement! Not only was it my first race....But for the first time in a very long time....I was finishing something!
After that I started thinking about other goals I wanted to set.... a 10K, half marathon, finish college!
Yes....I needed to finish college! It was my only regret in life! I had quit to have children and work while my husband finished his degree. I had tried to go back a few times...but life always got in the way. So, I realized if I didn't do it now...I may never do it!
I was off of work this past Friday, so I got up the nerve and drove to the community college near my house. I had thought very hard about what I wanted to do. I was in college working towards a biology major....But now, I didn't see myself doing anything in that field. I do love to be creative, and I had done some t-shirt design work for my son's highschool...So I registered for an associates degree in Graphic Design!
So I am now a college student again! I feel amazing! I can't wait to complete my new goal!
Thanks SparkPeople....Thanks all you runners out there...Thanks Forrest Gump..haha..
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I ran my first 5K this weekend! I trained for 4 months....going from not being able to run 1 mile, to completing 3.2 miles in 31 minutes!
I was really anxious the night before. My husband kept asking me why I was so nervous, he kept reassuring me that could do it, That we run the same distance 3 x's a week. He didn't really understand what this race signified for me. I had FINISHED something!
Finishing what I start is NOT one of my strong points. I never finished college, My house is not fully decorated, dieting....etc.
But this was going to be different...it had to be different. If I couldn't finish this, then I could never expect to lose weight. So I trained, learned about running, ate well and enlisted the support of my family and friends. The day finally came....Race Day! I had worked so hard....and it was worth it. The race was hard, but wonderful. I was left with such a feeling of accomplishment!
I am definitly hooked on races....I have started searching for my next race!
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