Saturday, February 02, 2013
It's going on a month since I've joined up with SP and so far I have to say I've seen progress. I've seen my weight drop ever so slightly (but healthily). I've seen my strength increase a little, although I hate strength training. I feel better all around. I feel healthier. I feel more confident. I'm more comfortable in my skin; in who I am.
Last week I had a talk with my grandpa. Since none of you know my grandfather, I'll tell you a little about him. He's retired Coast Guard. He's been through a lot of health issues in his time. He used to take my brother and I fishing. He was my father figure growing up since my dad left early. Anyways, we got to talking about running. He used to run everyday and could easily run 10 miles. I asked him how he did and he told me about the "wall." I knew about the "wall." I hated the wall. The wall was keeping from running. I would enjoy running if I didn't have to climb the wall first.
Grandpa told me in all the years he spent running he was only ever up to 16 miles. "Only." As if 16 miles isn't that far. I couldn't run 16 miles if my life depended on it. Literally. I would die, whether it be by whatever was trying to kill me, or by running. But I wouldn't see that 16 mile marker before I dropped.
One thing he did say though, (and I'll remember this) was that it took him a long time running to work his way up to that point. He didn't start out running 16 miles. He started out running short distances and working his way up. Take your time and allow your body to adapt to the exercise. So I started the rookie to 5k training. I think they say they can make someone go from couch to 5k in 8 weeks. Well I'm gonna be a challenge. We'll see how it goes. I completed the first week and I don't really want to do it. But I do want to run and to be able to do it well. So I will continue. I will not wimp out because my body hurts a little. I will endure even if I have to slow down so let my body heal a little before increasing the workout. I will run a 5k this summer!
My grandpa inspires me; what/who inspires you?