Monday, January 07, 2013
If you had asked me a couple of years ago if I ever thought I could run, I would have laughed and said, "No way!" I always hated running in high school. I dreaded the fitness test we had to take in P.E. class because it meant we had to run a mile. I always ended up walking a lot of it. I wasn't overweight or unhealthy; in fact, I was quite active when I was young, but I just HATED running.
Fast forward to about 30 years later. I became vegetarian and then vegan, and had a lot of energy. Walking and exercise DVDs just weren't cutting it for me. I read about the Couch to 5k program and thought I'd give it a try. That was almost 3 years ago and I haven't stopped running since. Well, let me add a disclaimer to that statement. I have had two stress fractures along the way, but as soon as I got medical clearance after healing from those two injuries, I was off and running again.
I'm at the point where running a 5k is normal for me. Wow. I can remember when running a mile was a struggle. Now I can run 3. Not only am I incredibly proud of myself, but I'm also amazed at my journey up to this point. I haven't given up, even through two injuries. I'm amazed at my ability to push myself and challenge myself.
That being said, I've decided to start training for a 10k. I've ran a couple of 5Ks, and I'll probably run a couple of more, but there is a 10K in October and I have no doubt that I'll be able to run in that race. I'm going to take it slow until October, hopefully to avoid any more injuries, but the fact that I'm even planning on doing this and KNOWING that I can do it, is a huge milestone for me.