Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It was a year ago (almost to the day) that I was lead to the C25K training program. I had lost almost 30 pounds and wanted to find something that would help me continue losing weight until I reached my goal. Although I never even liked running in school, it just seemed like the right thing to do. So, I joined the team. As I read through the program, it seemed like it would be easy enough to follow, so I started on my training path. The first few weeks seemed doable because I was only jogging for 60 seconds and alternating with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. On week three when I was jogging 200 yards and walking 200 yards, it got a little harder and in week five when the schedule jumped to an 8 minute jog with a five minute walk, I thought I was going to die! Week five ended with a 20 minute jog and much to my surprise, I liked that better than the starting and stopping. While in week seven, I registered for my first 5K because I needed something to drive me to stay on schedule. I never got the speed I was supposed to have, but I could jog for 30 minutes and I was thrilled. My first race was so exciting, I immediately signed up for another one the next month.
So, when my friend Beth-Lynn asked me what keeps me motivated, I had to stop and think for a minute. My positive, enthusiastic, friends at SparkPeople certainly are a big part of it. I found the more I share, the more motivated I become. I stopped worrying about weight loss and just started thinking about how wonderful and healthy the people I met at races looked. There were people ten to fifteen years older than I am still going strong and looking great. When I compared them to some of the people I see in my retirement community, I want to run forever! So, I guess it is a combination of things. There is a lot of pride in doing something that is difficult for you. I'm not a "Spring Chicken", but I have always liked being a little different than everyone around me, so for my neighbors to see me running every other day, gives me a rush. When people tell me I don't look my age and I look so healthy, that gives me a rush too. Right now, in America, there are plenty of things to be upset about, but I refuse to waste my time being depressed and that motivates me also. The more time I spend outside, in the fresh air, the happier I am. So, no, I am not a morning person, but I know how good I will feel if I just get up and get going. The fact that it was been hot and humid for so long got me out of bed early too...lol. Seeing myself improve over time also kept me motivated. I had to laugh this morning when I told my BF, today was my "short run" day, I was jogging three miles. Can you imagine? A person that hated running saying three miles was a short run? Well, there you have it. My next race is a half marathon and I never would have believed in a million years that I would be considering a 13.1 mile run. I'm not fast and its not pretty, but If I can finish that in the allotted time, I will be the happiest person around. I don't know if I answered Beth-Lynn's question, but in a world gone mad, it gives me a sense of pride in knowing there is something I can do to make a difference in my life. THAT keeps me motivated.