After two "off" weeks taking care of personal health issues and taking care of my kiddos, I was more than ready to go for a run. I've always believed that running fast and long distances isn't the only way to be a runner. If you run a quarter of a mile in 15 minutes or a 5k in 10 minutes, you are a runner. You do not have to run far. You don't have to run fast. If you run, again, you are a runner. That being said, I ran my very first mile without stopping today. It was ugly and it took me 14 minutes BUT! I DID IT! There is no better feeling than crushing a goal!
When I first started running, I literally had a hard time running from one mailbox to the next in our neighborhood. Running 30 seconds, I truly felt like I was going to pass out. I ran more and more and more and entered my first 5k in August of 2012. I finished in 56 minutes.(due to pregnancy, birth and life this 5k was my last run until September 2014 when I started running regularly again) Today, I ran/walked a 5k (3.1 miles) in my neighborhood of massive hills in 47 minutes!!! I knocked 9 minutes off my 5k personal record! What a feeling!! I ran up hills I used to have to take rests on when I reached certain points. The saying is true, It Doesn't Get Easier, You Just Get Stronger.