Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I'm very lucky, a couple years ago after going to a National Night Out neighborhood gathering I discovered that a few of my neighbors went walking together three nights a week. They invited me to go along and I accepted. This was one of those turning points in my life. First, I found support through my neighbors and made some very good friends along the way.
They also introduced me to running. I remember one of them had just started running and was training for her first 5K. I said I could never run, I just didn't have it in me, I wasn't a runner, I couldn't do it...blah...blah...blah... She said she used to say the same things but now she was doing it. A few months later I gave it a try on the treadmill. I had trouble running even three minutes. I remember vividly on Thanksgiving Day 2008 I ran two full miles (without stopping!) on the treadmill. It was the best feeling ever, what an accomplishment! I couldn't even believe I had done it! The feeling of accomplishment was so great it is something I don't think I will ever forget. After years of saying I couldn't do it I did it! Who would have thought?
Since then I have finished a couple 5K's and a 10K. I got an IPod and I am always on the hunt for a new perfect running song. What I have found is that I really enjoy running. I don't know that I will ever run a marathon but I love putting on my headphones and just taking off for 45 min. to an hour. It is such an escape from the stresses of life. I have found that I am happier and more patient. I don't know what I did before I had this stress reliever.
So if you have ever said you can't do it I think you should give it a try. I'm so glad I did.