I have been running for 2 years. Funny that I can document it so specifically because I am pretty sure I got through high school P.E. without running for any appreciable amount of time (unless it was to be first in line for pizza at lunch). When I started with Couch to 5K I knew there was something neat about starting something and knowing that in a few weeks or months I could potentially transform aspects of myself but I’d never experienced it before. I will never forget struggling to make it to 90 seconds of non stop running, or the time I had to repeat a week of Couch to 5K because 5 minutes of sustained running was beyond my ability.
This morning’s run was good – the air was crisp and cool and I had great company along the way. Chatting may make me a little out of breath but it makes the miles fly by. When I first tried running I went without music, listening to MP3s was a great addition to my experience. Now running with other people is even better. Keep trying other approaches if your fitness regime is not something you look forward to! I’m 5 miles away from 100 kilometers for the month which would have baffled me two years ago when I was averaging 16 minutes per mile.
Yesterday I walked a bit with my son at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve and was thinking about how I wanted to be fit for my children so I could keep up with him. Even long walks have improved since I started running. At any rate, it is a nice reminder that resolutions don’t have to start January 1st, my resolve to run started January 29, 2012 with almost no prior experience except avoidance. Happy trails!