About 3 months ago I decided I wanted to be a runner. I have never liked running because I was not good at it, but I found a great program (couch to 5k), bought myself some new running shoes and decided I was going to do this.
I started out steady and slow, but was not sure it was really going to happen. I stayed to the schedule pretty well, but these last few weeks I kind of hit a wall. I would run 10 minutes, walk 4, run 10, etc. or on a bad day I would run 5 minutes walk 2, run 5, etc. I could run the 10 minutes, but did not feel like I could make it to the next step.
Tonight I DID IT!!!! I finally reached my goal! I ran 3 miles without stopping or slowing down for that matter. It took me 27 minutes and 34 seconds, but that is 27 minutes and 34 seconds of non-stop running! Not only did I run 3 miles without stopping, I felt like I could have kept going. It was so rewarding to finally meet a goal I worked really hard at. I am so proud of myself and feel like I have earned this bit of pride. I truthfully can't believe I did it. I never thought I would be a runner, but tonight I feel like I am finally in the club!
Running is strange in that one day it feels great and I have no problem, but the next day I am struggling to make it to 5 minutes and watching the clock slowly tick. I have a lot to learn about it still, but now that I reached my 3 mile goal, my new goal is to run a 1/2 marathon. I'm not committing to when this will happen, but one day it will.
I can't wait to do it again tomorrow and to all of you non runners out there....if I can do it, you can do it.