September 5, 2010

Let me see if you can run it, run it

So I have recently started something new: running. Now I have tried to pick up running many times in the last 5 years or so. When I was in college there were several times that I tried to run on the treadmill or on the wonderful Bear Trail. And my senior year, our College Group's Community groups trained for a race and even with all of that I still could barely do half a mile.

Since graduating, I have tried at various points to build up my endurance through training programs such as the Couch Potato to 5k. I liked how I felt after I ran, but still pathetically I could never run for more than 5 minutes at a time. So I basically gave up on the idea of being able to run and focused on walking and other types of exercise.

Well at the beginning of August, I was on the treadmill at my gym and the program I was doing had a short jog in between the two walking hills and I realized I wasn't dying afterwards. So I tried a mile and made it! Since then I have jogged several times on the treadmill and built up to running 3 miles.

And today I jogged outside for the first time ever. There is a 2 mile bridge near where I live that is perfect for training and I ran 3.5 miles! There is nothing like turning on some fun music and just jogging! And it doesn't hurt that this was my view this morning:

I will still be continuing with my Kickboxing and Step Aerobics classes, but I am excited to add jogging into the mix too! And it definitely helps that I have sweet and encouraging friends who put up with me randomly texting and emailing my latest jogging accomplishments!

1 comment:

B & J said...

Woohoo!!! Way to go Laura!!! How fast are you running? I'm thinking about doing a 5k in a month or so in Dallas. Depending on what your goals are, maybe we could do it together!??!?