I set a goal to be able to run 3.5 miles in 30 minutes or less by the end of June and did not start training really until June 29th. I ran to see what I would do and this was my time (click the text):
A photo posted by Darra McClendon (@simply_darra) on Jun 29, 2015 at 2:51pm PDT
I’m glad I ran though because it showed me something. It was hard as I don’t know what to do and I really didn’t have the time to do it, I just did it. But I felt soooooooooooooooooooooo good after I ran. Now my run right now is more like a jog and a times a fast walk with my feet coming a little higher off the ground than your typical power walk but nevertheless it’s MY RUN.
I realized I feel my best, most confident, most fulfilled after running. Other workouts are great and needed and make me feel good. But nothing makes me feel the feeling I feel after a run.
I asked myself why?
- Maybe it’s because the last time I was closest to my goal weight, I was running.
- Maybe it’s because I can just run, and think or listen to music and not count or be distracted by anyone else.
- Maybe it’s because I was told I couldn’t run as a kid in elementary school (Field Day Nightmares)
- Maybe it’s because I convinced myself in middle school that I could never run or be fast because I was too heavy
- Maybe it’s because it got in my head that I was too girly in high school and wasn’t the athletic type
- Maybe it’s because I admire track and field athletes.
- Maybe it’s because I really am stronger than I know and I really can do it and when I do it’s a pleasant surprise.
- Maybe it’s because I’m POURING sweat afterwards and that is always proof to me that I pushed myself.
Whatever the reason, call me HOOKED! Why can’t I be a runner? Why can’t I be an athlete? If I really wanted to, I bet I could go to the Olympics or on a local level even, join a run club and place in some races and marathons. There’s nothing stopping me but me.