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Wherein I Surprise Myself

I have discovered something about myself, something that surprised and delighted me.

I am a runner at heart.

I have always been athletic, always loved to play sports and be outside – but I would never in a million years have thought that I would be someone who loved to run.

Earlier this year some friends talked me into doing the  Color Me Rad 5K with them. {and it was awesome}

I had every intention of training for it, but I just couldn’t get motivated.   I did the 5K, but I only ran the first and last little bits of it.  I was proud of myself for doing even that little bit, but I wanted to do more.

Color Me Rad was a blast, and our group immediately started searching for other fun 5K type things that we could do.  I swear y’all, I didn’t even recognize myself.  Voluntarily wanting to run or do obstacle courses – who is this girl???

Inspired by the fun we had, and the feeling of accomplishment and pride that I felt, I decided to give running a try.  I want to cross the finish line with my team.

I put on my big girl shoes, downloaded the Couch to 5K app and got started.

On Day 1, I could barely jog for 1 minute without feeling winded and wanting to stop.

Today, I finished Week3 Day 3.  I ran two stretches of 3 minutes a piece without stopping.

There are days of it that I’ve repeated, because I won’t move on until I can finish each running cycle without stopping, and with each change in the running cycle I feel a little trepidation, a little gnawing of doubt that I won’t be able to do it.  Each time I feel that, I lace up my shoes, pop in my earphones and I put fear in its place.

running shoes

With each day and each new accomplishment, I discover a part of myself that’s stronger than I realized.

I am proud of myself, and I like that feeling.

I like what running is doing for my mind, my stress level, and of course for my body.  When I exercise I find that I pay more attention to what I put in my body, I’m more conscious of how what I eat (and drink) makes me feel.

I’m still new at this, but I’m loving it.

 

 

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