my running journey | part two

I shared part one of my running journey last week here if you didn’t catch it. 

We pick up my story a few years later in college. My small group leader turned close friend started training for a half marathon and all I ever heard was “Come on! You have to do with with me!” I wasn’t convinced. Running seemed really hard and I sure wasn’t about to go running with someone who actually knew what they were doing. 

The first run in my adult years was to a house about 5 mailboxes down. I thought I was going to die. No way would I ever be able to run a mile, let alone a 5K or a half marathon. This wasn’t for me. 

But something in me really wanted to give it another shot.

running shoes

I downloaded the RunKeeper app and started to track my attempts. It was mostly walks with sporadic running spurts and hardly any were over 1.5 miles. But every time I left my house to try again I ran a little farther and I felt a little better. 

There were definitely months between runs. Sometimes I “got busy” or didn’t feel like I was doing it right or simply got discouraged because running wasn’t coming easily to me. 

It wasn’t until I started using the a 10K running app in March 2014 that things began to really take shape. I had chosen a couch to 10k plan because I had decided that the furthest I’d ever want to run was a 10k (approx. 6.2 miles). 

The first run using this plan had me run in one minute increments a total of 6 times. Again, I thought I was going to die. As each run came up I blasted my music and practically prayed I’d stay alive long enough for my next walk break. 

But somehow, I didn’t die. And after a few weeks of runs like this one, I started to feel myself get stronger. One minute runs turned to 1.5 min and 2 min and 3 min and suddenly I was running 6 minutes at a time. 

Looking back now it’s amazing how that simple running plan took me from a non-runner to someone who looks forward to her 3 runs a week averaging 3.5 miles a run. My, how far we've come. 

See you next week for the next part of my running journey. Spoiler alert: I tell my students about my running journey and their reactions were priceless.