She’s going the distance

A few weeks into our new eating habits and I started to get what I personally found as a strange urge. Why would I consider it strange? I am glad you asked. I was having the urge to exercise. I personally feel like this statement should be followed by a loud Dun dun Duh! I haven’t exactly been the “I love to exercise” kind of gal. At first I didn’t know what to do. Should i pull out my yoga mat again, join a gym, do some Billy Blanks Tae-bo tapes or buy a bike? I was very confused. A friend of mine had recently taken up running and she loves it she is even planning to do a 10k in the fall. She is going to do great! I never had a desire to run but thought to myself “Running doesn’t require a lot and it gets me outside somewhere I love to be. Anna really seems to be enjoying it. Why not try it.” So I picked a day to start, laced up my running shoes and I went. I may have only went 1.57 miles with an average pace of 13:00 a mile but I ran and I, much to my surprise, survived. I didn’t quit either two days later when my legs were still sore from my previous run I went again. Last night I had my 4th run. In a short amount of time I have already felt my body growing stronger and my stats reflect it to. Last night I ran 2.21 miles and averaged 11:24 a mile. I was so excited and proud. But, even more exciting than that I am doing something to benefit my health and I am loving it. I started out just thinking I would give this a try and probably not stick with it. Now I find myself excited about my next run even the day before.

Right now I am working towards my first goal: being able to run a 5k 3.1 miles. Goal two will be: Being able to run 11 minute miles while going 3.1 miles. I know I will eventually succeed with hard work. I am also planning on doing a 5k at the end of September so lets all hope that I reach goal #1 by then.

Running has brought me ¬†an outlet, happiness, stress relief, better sleep and has increased my love for being outside. It is also building my confidence just by doing things that I didn’t think I could do. I am so glad that I dusted of my running shoes and laced up those sneakers. Sometimes that hardest part is getting up off the couch and getting started.