If you have come over from Sisters, Spaces and Stuff you may already know some of this information but if you’re new then the information will be new too! So here is the story about how I chose to start running.
June 2012 – A Saturday morning, Amy mentioned to me that she and a friend of ours were going to go for a run down a trail in our area. I asked if I could come too and go for a walk while they ran- of course! So Amy and I got there a little early and did a mile at a quick walking pace, then her and our friend set off running. Their plan was 20 minutes out-20 minutes back… so I made my plan to walk about 15 then turn around and walk 15 back since I knew they would be running much faster than I could walk, I also didn’t want to lose sight of them…about half way down the trail my legs started to seem as if they weren’t going as fast as my mind and body wanted them to, so I revisited a Couch to 5k app from Rundouble that I had downloaded weeks prior and never got into. I set a destination for myself and started the app…the friendly little voice said “start walking now” to begin my 5 minute warm up walk and let me tell you those 5 minutes took FOREVER! I just wanted to run… when said friendly voice said “start running now” I was off and that minute felt great. Next interval was approaching and so was a dreaded hill but when I heard the magic words I took the hill with stride (haha!) and made it to the top…I ended up back at the “meeting place” before Amy and I literally could not wait to tell her I did it!
The next day: Amy and I had been doing “sister walks” on Sundays at the park by our houses and the day after I knew I wanted to keep running so I asked Amy if she would be willing to let me slow her down a bit and go for a run with her, she was totally for it and off we went. Matt (my hubby) was with us on this day too and said the first time he saw us take off on a run he smiled he was now part of both mine AND Amy’s cheering squad.
Fast-forward…… I decided my old tennis shoes were not doing the trick, they felt very heavy on my feet the days/runs following my starting days. By the way, the first few weeks after I began running I would be so excited ALL day long to be able to run that night…the excitement has worn of a little bit at this point but I still do really enjoy going out for a run.So… I made these newbies part of my running wardrobe
Today- I am still running 3 times a week usually every other day but sometimes I go every day. If the weather is supposed to be really hot to the point of danger i’ll skip a run but those days I always feel like something is missing. I have good days and bad as all of us do but I enjoy my runs and that’s what matters most! I have a little glimmer of hope to run my first 5k at the end of August with a bunch of friends.
I can’t wait to cross my first finish line!