Thursday, July 28, 2011

Don't Stop! Don't Ever Give Up!!!

Let me preface this post with this statement: I am not a runner. I have never been a runner. Even in high school I was not a runner. I was on the basketball team. If you were on the basketball team, you were required to be in track too. UGH!!! It was grueling. But today, This Day! I am a runner. Ok....maybe I'm not a track star. But I finally achieved a goal I have been working towards for a full year.

Last summer, I started the Couch to 5K running program. Running in the heat and humidity is brutal. Wouldn't you agree? Then the weather turned colder. If you don't know....I'm not a fan of cold weather. Running in the cold was not very motivating to me.

Enter Miss K. She and I ran/walked a couple times a week as the weather permitted last winter. Then in January, we began working with a personal trainer. She really inspired me to keep up with the workouts. Miss K dropped weight. A lot of weight. Forty pounds. Anywhoo, after each workout, we would spend at least 20 minutes on the treadmill. For me....it was the longest 20 minutes ever. Every time! Ugh.

But I kept at it. We both kept at it. The goal? Run 20 minutes with out stopping. This was so hard for me. I could not seem to get enough air to make it five minutes let alone 20. No matter what I did in my running routine. Then....it happened. The first time it happened was Monday. I ran for 18 minutes straight. Without stopping. But I was determined to make it the whole 20 minutes. So yesterday, I pushed it. And guess what! I ran for 28 minutes straight. TWENTY EIGHT MINUTES!!! Without stopping. It was a turtle pace but not a walk. Y-A-Y!!!!

Some goals are harder to reach than others. There is no doubt about that. But you can achieve your goals. Even if you do it at a turtle pace. What goal has been just out of reach for you?

Peace and Joy,
Susan

Philippians 3:14 (NKJV) 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

6 comments:

Joyce said...

Wow! Good for you!

Sweet Tea said...

I AM impressed.
What a trooper you are to stay with it. Good for you!!
Keep runnin' and never look back, this is a great lifestyle change. I don't do it but I can certainly be your Cheerleader!!

skoots1mom said...

congratulations! great job ;)
i'm headed to the mall to walk
;)

Yolanda said...

Susan,

This is so awesome, I am so proud of you, you ROCK!

For me, my goal has been to get my 5k or 3 mile time down to under 30 minutes. And Sunday out in Colorado at our cabin, I was able to accomplish that. What a rush!

Girlfriend---your doing such an amazing job!!

Love-
Yolanda

Mari said...

Hooray for you! I have a few friends that have done the program and it sounds like a good one. I'm not ready for that yet - I'm trying to get used to walking every day! :)

Lori said...

You go girl! Way to stick with it and now you see the results!