I really hated running for most of my life. Up until a couple years ago I was unable to run more than a couple minutes. I would wheeze, my heart rate would skyrocket, my lungs would burn. I started running in small increments in Stroller Strides classes and then got timed on a mile in my first Body Back session. I was able to run that last mile at the end of the 8 weeks without walking! Now, instead of my goal being just able to complete- it is to improve my time. When running just a mile (and being timed) - I can do a 10:12 pace but am toast after. If running more miles my pace is closer to 12'.
Last year I agreed to run a half marathon with a friend. I managed to finish with a stress fracture in my shin and said that would probably be my last long run. Well, since then I have participated in a 5k, 10k and 15k. I have a 12k and another half this summer and one in the fall with my sister and her family. It seems I have become addicted to these runs and the awesome medals and the fun of doing it with a friend.
I am not a fast runner, in fact, I can't even run the whole time for these long runs. I take plenty of walking breaks to make sure I finish. I don't care about my time just that I get it done. It is a great feeling when you cross the finish and an even better feeling when you can stuff yourself silly with a great meal after and not feel guilty. :)
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