I've lost count of how many weeks I've been 'training' for a 5k - I did the walk/jog Spark Challenge, now I'm on the Run 5k Challenge (I think!). I felt I was making quite slow progress - but I was OK with that. I'm comfortable (whoops!) running 12 mins at a stretch - and am building it up gradually.
However, this morning I realized that the side-effects of starting to run are actually very positive - doing the stretches for runners each time I am improving my overall flexibility and feeling much more comfortable in my body - my back, hips and knees are all feeling strong and good. And my cardio capacity has improved no end! I can now jog slowly up hills and I don't gasp for air - in fact, at the end of my run I am only slightly out of breath.
These are great side-effects! I'm loving it :D
And this morning I read a great blog "Why I'll Never Stop Running" which also made me realize that I feel I am part of a running community - and that feels good too :D