Ill say it. Ill finally admit it. Im a runner. Never in my dreams, err nightmares, did I ever think that I would enjoy running. Oh how life has changed.
From what I used to dread, I know look forward to. Its my time to clear my head. Its my time to sort through things that I dont have time to think about when Im taking care of the kids or working. Its my ME time.
This time last year, I ran my first REAL 5k. I have run them before but I would walk or just joke around. I was nervous that Id trip, lets face it, Im pretty clumsy, or worse not be able to finish it. 33 minutes later, I finished with a starting point.
I began to run a little more every week. It became easier, I became faster. I am by no means fast, but Ill get there, one day. Then I decided to push myself. I set my New Year's Resolutions (Crap I just realized I set the title to 2010, not 2011, Ill correct) 2 half marathons, 1 full marathon and 1000 miles.
To date I have 1 half marathon completed and have logged 216 miles on my feet. Im a little behind but nothing I cant handle. I will complete this.
Why you ask?
Because its for me. Its to prove to me that I can do it.
A year ago, the thought of a casual 9 mile run terrified me. I now look forward to Saturday mornings where I know I have an hour and half to clear my head. To know that I have time set aside, for me. Selfish? Maybe, but everyone needs me time.
Last night I went for a short 4 mile run. Whoever would have thought that Id say 4 miles is short when 1 mile scared me to death? Not me thats for sure. Anyway, it was a GREAT run. The first 1.5 mile was a breeze. I was looking over the lake, with a clear head, and tears came strolling down my face. There was no reason for it, they just came. Its like some inner peace that came over me and the tears were the release. At mile 3, I checked my watch. It said 31 minutes. I thought "Oh man, Im gonna get this 4 under 40" I tend to set small goals so I can see progress. Im the person that if I dont see progress, I move on. Anyway, I picked it up and finished in 39.55 Gaol made, 4 miles under 40 minutes. The next goal is to get 5 miles under 50 then to get that darn 10k under an hour.
And its all for me.