Sunday, May 6, 2012

My First 5K

So over the last few months I've been training for my first 5K. I started my journey towards a healthier life last year when I hit 250 lbs. A severe low point for me I hurt all the time and was sick non stop. Since then I've lost 41 pounds and 10 of those in the last few month since beginning this running experience.
This is the logo from the group I participated in:
Now I do know not all of you believe in God - I'm not here to preach at you - just share this experience. See when I started out I HATED running. I couldn't run for more then 60 seconds without feeling like I couldn't breathe. Everything hurt - it felt awful! BUT I persisted. I kept being told to trust in the system and keep with it.
I ran despite rain, snow, and time of day (all I had was 6 am - but I got up and went). The family adjusted around my time for running and devotionals. I came to realize through this that I had cared so little about myself. I never valued who I was or that my body was made to move. I allowed myself to treat my body like it was optional instead of a tool. I'm now slimmer and stronger and I feel so empowered. I feel like a runner. I am a runner! I never thought I could have that.

I highly encourage you to look into either Run For God or Couch to 5K (the later is non-Christian affiliated but will give you a similar journey experience to help you find your potential). The first week is so doable. You run 3 times and do intervals of jogging and walking. It builds you and helps you find the strength and endurance to get into a 5k.

By the way I finished in 35 minutes...a consistent 12 minute mile. If you've been thinking about it NOW is the time to start. Not tomorrow....right now.

4 comments:

  1. Nice job (on your time and your nails)!! I love the little logo. Running's the best. Congrats on how far you've come. <3

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  2. Congratulations on losing weight, becoming a runner, and completing your first 5K!

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  3. Congrats to you on such a great accomplishment!

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  4. Thank you all so much - it was such an incredibly feeling! I'll be helping out with the class this next time around by being tech support AND being a running buddy!!!

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