Monday, March 12, 2012
I finally get it!
I registered for this race about a month ago....and at the time I hadn't run in 12 years! I've been doing lots of cardio at the gym, usually between 30 and 65 minutes a day, 5 days a week, but I hadn't actually RUN. Running has never been my strong suit actually. Back when I was in the Navy, I remember struggling hardcore with the run portion of the PRT! Was so hard for me to run that 1.5 miles! So why would I voluntarily sign up to run a 5K??? Which is like double that? Because I know that I can do it. I've set my mind to it, and I'm going to do it!
So last week, my trainer had me run for the first time. I did 1.5 miles, and it wasn't too bad! Took me close to 17 minutes to do it. Then, I increased to 2 miles....and today, I ran 3 miles. WOW! Felt so good! And it is amazing to me how easy it is for me! Im very proud of myself and my ability to run. And this is the part I finally GET. My life has been a roller coaster lately, full of ups and downs and ups and downs, been hard for me to deal with at times. Running.....is like an escape! While I'm running, my mind is clear. Nothing else seems to matter. It is so refreshing! No wonder so many people run....look at what I've been missing all these years.
When I first signed up for the run, I thought I needed support. Needed someone to come and cheer me on. Today, when I ran the 3 miles all by myself, I realized...I'll be ok. Where it would be nice to have a friendly face at the finish line, I think the sheer satisfaction of crossing the finish line will be enough in the end. I will survive!
So for the first time in my life, I am super excited to RUN! Friday cannot get here fast enough for me, I can't wait to get out there and run like the wind :)
PS....any suggestions for songs for my playlist? I need roughly 36-40 minutes worth of music to get me through!