I started running this summer. Just to give you a frame of reference. I’ve always despised running. I’m not athletic. I could walk forever, but running is a beast that I never dared facing. I always admired those who could run and last year I even went to cheer on my friend who ran a half-marathon. Some days as I’m driving through my neighborhood, I want to honk at runners or yell out my window to say – keep it up!
It all started with a group of folks from a boot camp I attended at the end of Spring. I met them once to run with them. One of the ladies would run 2 minutes and walk 1 minute. I tried it out with her and it wasn’t too bad. I kept at it a few times a week and the minutes grew to 5, 7, 10 and eventually 15. I think some frogs hopped along with me at one point and were actually faster. I wasn’t trying to run fast, but to just run. My sister joined me on a few of these ‘runs’ and said that she could run forever if she ran at my pace. (Thanks a lot!)
At one point a month back, I challenged myself to run a full 3 miles without stopping. I didn’t stop while waiting to cross the street, to turn around or even when one of my laces came untied. I DID IT! It was exhilarating and I felt like Rocky when he climbed the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (I actually walked those steps many years ago!). And so I signed up for a 5k that very same day.
I’m not going to lie. There are some days when the 3 miles seem to come and go so quickly and I feel like I can do an extra 3. And there are other days, the 1 mile marker seems like it’ll never come. But I always look back with a smile knowing where I came from. The goal is to run the entire 5k this coming Saturday, regardless of my time. Can’t wait. Let’s hope it'll help me get one step closer to running a 10k soon!
By the way, I love these Nike Free Run+ 3 shoes. I will have to try one of these lacing techniques out because I have a narrow feet. Oh and I highly recommend these socks and these shorts. I know, all Nike, but they're simply the best!