If you asked me a year and a half ago did I like to run I would have told you no, I only run if something is chasing me... I had no energy and I couldn't breathe well enough to last more than a mile. I began the journey to running when I signed up for the human race to help prepare me for the res 5 k that our school does with technology. That race took me 47 minutes to complete but it was such an adrenaline rush that I was immediately hooked. I fell in a pothole which I am convinced added to my time as I had to get bandaged up. I've never felt so energized in my life though. The Randleman elementary school 5k was on a super hot day and I walked some of it and I was able to finish in 35 minutes. Over ten minutes faster than my first race. At this point I am running 3.1 miles in a little under 30 minutes which is still a far cry from some of the fastest. But a huge jump from 47. Running has given me motivation to do better, energy and improved my concentration. It's all about beating myself and seeing what my new pr can be. After a year of several 5ks I want to push myself to do a half marathon. 13.1 phew! What a long way. I know it is possible because I have seen the changes in my stamina so far so today I begin training. Run keeper is going to get me through this... Tomorrow a 5 mile run. Thank goodness I have a great running partner who motivates me when I don't feel up to and I try to do the same for her. After our first race together we decided to start running together and the rest is history!
Without Justin and my grandma willing to step in and help with the kids so I can fit a run into my day this would not be possible... The guilt of motherhood is so real. It makes me sad not to spend those moments with my kids but doing this for me helps me be better. Cheaper than therapy for sure!
If you are reading this I know you will cheer me on in this journey. I am doing this for me. Here's to a new year and a new set of goals. 13.1 miles in April. 🏁👟