I used to say that I hate running but I’ve realized something quite recently and it’s changed my mindset a little bit. See, I don’t hate running, really. I’m just terrible at it. I like the feeling I get after a good run, and even sometimes that burst of energy and pride that you get during a run, but I lack the motivation to get out the door. My pace is really slow, I get winded easily, and I feel like I will never improve. And that is what I really don’t like.
But, I know they say practice makes perfect, so that is what I have decided to do. I’ll practice. I will run for 30 days, straight, and see how much progress I can make. Maybe I will become addicted to it and learn to love it. Maybe I’ll still suck at it and despise it. But either way, you can’t say I didn’t try.
Luckily, I have a 5k coming up in September to prepare for and serve as motivation. My goal is to run the whole 5k without stopping to walk. I’ve never not stopped to walk…
So today was day 1 of my 30 day running journey. I got home fairly late from a 4th of July trip Ace and I made, but I was determined to head to the gym as soon as we got home. And I did. I completed week 5 day 1 of the Couch to 5k program by running 5 minutes, walking 3, running five, walking three, and running 5 more minutes, with a warm up and a cool down of five minutes on either end. I feltreally tired and winded by the last five minute section, but was able to keep running (albeit more slowly) until the end.
Day 1 is in the books. 29 more days to go.