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 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. 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,

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


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...


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!!


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!