I am reluctant to ever say it because it can't be true...right? I am the girl in high school who could not run... not even one lap. Not 1/4 mile...nothing. I could barely finish the 50 yard dash for field day. I just wasn't a born runner like a lot of people. If we had to run in gym, I was sick. In college our final grade depended upon us completing a mile in a certain amount of time. I didn't complete it in time and got a B in that class. When asked if I wanted to redo the mile to get a better grade I kindly replied NO THANK YOU.
I took the B.
So that is why I am hesitant to call myself this, but I think I finally can. I AM A RUNNER!! Yes I have completed some 5ks in the past, but that was a few years ago.
Recently I have started running again. I don't know why. I don't like to run. I just wanted to set some new goals for myself and running is one of those. One goal is to run 5 miles. Well, today I didn't run 5 miles, but I did run 4.10 miles straight!! I cannot believe it!! If you would ever ask me if I could run thtat far I would laugh and say no way! But I did do it.
I am saying this because we all sell ourselves short. We don't give ourselves credit for things we accomplish. We don't think we can do it.
I am here to tell you that you CAN DO IT. You may not be able to run 4 miles right away or even walk 4 miles or even 1 mile, but you can do it. It all starts by making that decision to just start. It may mean walking 1 block. I may mean doing 1 push up or sit up. It may mean popping in a DVD and doing 5 minutes of it!! Then the next time maybe you will be able to do 10 minutes. It takes some time, but you can do it!! I will get to that 5 miles, maybe it will take me all year, but I will do it!
Trust me, if I can call myself a runner, you can do it too!!
This is me stretching and cooling down after my 4.10 mile run. It felt great! YES I DID IT!