I started “running” in April 2010 because I thought it might be a good idea to start being active. I’m not entirely positive why, but I’m fairly certain it was because my bff Kerry made it look so easy and my husband had started to run too. I added the C25K app on my phone and to date it might be one of the best decisions I made.
Unfortunately, I never finished the program that year. I picked it up again on April 10, 2011 and graduated on June 15, 2011. I ran my first 5k that Thanksgiving. I have no idea why I waited that long to race but I don’t recommend it. Jump right in! Since I ran that one in 2011, I haven’t stopped signing up for races since.
I remember thinking as the running intervals increased that I was never going to be able to do it. “Run 5 minutes straight? You have got to be out of your mind.”
There is that week – Week 5 – that gave me the most angst: 20 minutes straight. My thoughts went something like this “Ok, I can probably do the 5 and the 9. Maybe. But in no way am I going to do 20 minutes straight. No freaking way!”
When I started, I strictly stayed on my road right outside my house. I ran/walked up and down it. It was just about .5 mile on one way. Since the training gets you from 2-3 miles each time out – it worked for me.
For the 20 minute day, I knew I had to change things up. I knew if I had to run for that long, I had to adjust my route. I decided to venture out onto the main road. Doing a loop would get me to almost 1 mile. I remember it was early on a weekend morning and it was rainy. Talk about comfort zone – 20 minutes adding in main road and rain. “If I can do it, I can do anything.” I set out on my adventure. I remember at about 15 minutes in, my husband and daughter drove by me in the opposite direction to make sure I was ok. I waved them off.
Now that I reflect back on it, I realize what an amazing accomplishment this was for me. I did it. Something that I always thought I hated. Something that I could never understand how people did it for fun. And I DID IT!
And to cap it off, I completed my first half marathon yearly this year (May 2014) and I’m training for my second in October! Amazing what a little app and some #sweatpink can do!