“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
Diana Scharf Hunt
My goal, was to run 1000K this year...today, I broke the 500K mark...and we're in May! That's 327 miles, which means that I should reach my 500 mile Pay it Forward goal before the end of the year. It is seriously hard for me to believe how far I've come. Here's the abridged version of how I got to this point...
Because of the asthma, I knew I needed to do something to improve my lung capacity. So I started walking in 2005. Then in September 2007 I started going to the gym three times a week. I had gained 30 pounds on corticosteroids and I didn't like what was happening to my body. It helped, but it wasn't enough.
In 2009, I turned 50, and I wanted to do everything I could to improve my health. So, I decided to try running. Why did it take so long you ask...let me tell you why. I hated running. Every time I had tried running, I did not enjoy myself. I was breathless within minutes. That's why. But, I always wished I loved running and I always envied people who ran, which explains why I wanted to try it one more time. I started at the gym, my trainer had me run for 1 minute, walk for 1 minute, then more running, less walking. I also started going for short runs outside, but I always ended up walking before I reached 1K, then I'd run a bit more and walk some more. I still found it really hard. One day, I read a book about staying young through running and it explained how to use a cardio-monitor to gauge how fast one should be running in order to stay within our aerobic zone. I went out and bought a cardio-monitor the next day and wore it on my next outdoor run. I quickly realized that I had been running too fast...in order to stay within my aerobic zone, I practically had to trot in place! But, I could run for longer and I wasn't finding it as hard. THAT is when I first started to enjoy running. On September 12, 2009, uber hubby mapped out a 3K run for me, I felt ready to run 3K non-stop. What he didn't tell me, was that he had mapped out a 5K run, just in case I felt good enough to keep going...and I did! That day, I ran 5K non-stop for the first time. I think it took me about 40 minutes. I was breathless for like 5 minutes afterwards and I was exhausted. But, I was so proud of myself. I still didn't find running easy, but I was enjoying it much more and I was definitely addicted. Still, at this point, I could not even imagine running a half-marathon. That is, until I discovered the Running Room 10/1 method. That was the second turning point! I joined a Running Room clinic and...
Now, here I am, 8 months, a good dose of discipline and determination, and 505Ks later...
I am one of them!
...and I am about to run my first half-marathon!
p.s. A few of you mentioned that I looked really tiny in my previous post pictures...I am 5 feet 7 inches tall, not so tiny...it's just a wierd optical illusion where I was standing :)