Happy National Running Day &
Wednesday! I'm going to be honest, my morning didn't start out that awesome, so I'm fighting the urge to feel sorry for myself with food. ugh. INSTEAD I'm trying to focus on the positive... running.
I grew up with severe asthma. Running was discouraged... honestly for a few years... exercise was discouraged (oh, how actual science has changed that thought!). So... I NEVER ran as a kid. I did a few super short relays on field day, but never ran distance. Not even a mile. I was a FANTASTIC walker. Some of my friends had to jog to keep up with me... but I never ran. It's been a goal of mine to run a mile since high school and a few times I got SUPER close. I kept hitting that imaginary wall though. The wall that said I couldn't do it. That wall that holds all of us back from our dreams. The wall of doubt. It's a bit of a jerk, that wall. psh. Jerk wall.
I tried the Couch to 5K program a few times, but again that Jerk Wall reared its ugly head. Last year I discovered our local running club did training, and they had a walk to 5k program. I was very nervous at first, what if I don't run fast enough? What if everyone really is a runner already, and I'm the only one not running? I really hesistated signing up, but then a co-worker said she'd sign up too. There would be atleast two non-runners! Well, I showed up and learned I was absolutely not alone! There were a lot of people of all shapes and sizes and ages ranges. Now, I had already knew that I was a little bit competitive, so I think that helped me with my training. I was in a group and dang it I was NOT going to walk when it was time to run. Before I knew it, I had run a mile. I cried when I ran that mile.. and then kept running.
I kept running, caught the running bug as they say, and signed up to train for the half marathon. I completed my half marathon this last December.
On a side note.. for those of your nervous about running because you're not fast enough and you think the other runners will be annoyed or make fun of you... it really couldn't be further from the truth. I have found the running community to be superbly encouraging. :)
For 2015, I've kept my distances short for 2 reasons. 1. to work on my speed. 2. I've learned it's very difficult to lose weight (atleast for me) while running long distances. And since I still have about 50-60 lbs to lose, I'd like to keep my distances short.
Today is National Running Day, and this evening I'm going to celebrate by going to the park and running a fun 2 miles with my running buddies.