Okay, so i feel like i've been on this journey the last month and a half and i'm just now letting you all in on it.
So here's what happened:
December 29th, I was bored so I was thinking of mini projects for myself. Anything that involves planning, goals, and competition-I'm there! So I was thinking about my fave show, TBL, and didn't understand how people who weigh 3-400 pounds could run on the treadmill longer and faster than me. I also have a friend, Amy, who is a runner and she makes it sound so fun! But running was in my impossible category.
So I decided 2010 would be the year I become a runner!! (I mean, China has the year of the tiger right?) I declare 2010 to be the year of the runner!
Now running has never come easy to me....I have always disliked it. Mostly bc i've never really pursued it, and when forced, I sucked at it. But i figured if it took me a year in the gym, surely I could run a mile on the treadmill!!
Don't get me wrong, I love working out...I can elypticize like none other. But for some reason, when it came to running, I could never do more than 3 minutes (on a good day). So this was a HUGE deal to me.
I decided to set some small, measurable goals, wrote them down, and told them to Sarah and Daniel. I keep a calendar at work that i write how many minutes i run on it. It's been so cool to see me go from 5, 6, 8.5, 9, 10,...Then i started writing how far i was running. I hit my first mile on January 7th (Sarah's birthday)!!!! I can't even describe the feelings that came over me when i finished it.
Keep in mind the last time i ran a mile without stopping was 7th grade PE (ugh). Sooooooo... about 15 years ago. Really??? i know......but we all have to start somewhere :)
I ran 20 minutes this past monday. Something i honestly could never even imagined. Yesterday, February 11th, I ran 2 miles on the treadmill without stopping. Wait, let me say that again.... I ran 2 miles on the treadmill without stopping! Yes, I do still believe in miracles!! ha
Sarah, Daniel and I are running our first 5k the end of April. Sarah has been a constant encouragement to me, spurring me on, and believing in me non stop. The first few times i ever ran i could hear her voice telling me that she knew i could do it (ok, i need a tissue now)
Now this might sound weird, but I NEED Daniel to run next to me. When he is on another machine or not there, I never run as well. But if he's just next to me, then I feel like i can keep going. And he's always the first one to congratulate me when i'm done.
Let's be honest, i don't consider myself a real runner yet. (but i def want the runner body soon!) But who's to say that at the end of this 2010, I won't be in the runner category? That thought thrills me!!! The thought of running 10 miles at once seems impossible. It seems far away. And it isn't necessarily my goal, but I really want to keep adding to my time and distance.
I want to keep going.