I started running about 2 years ago, when my youngest child was 3 years old. I was tired all of the time, I wasn’t sleeping well, I was fat, and out of shape. I did sports in high school and I was a pretty good athlete back then. Fast forward 25 years and 6 kids, I was no longer an athlete.
I knew a guy from school who is a trainer and he invited me to come and run with him. We started running and I made it about 50 feet before I was wondering why I was doing this. We did 4:1. Which is running for 4 minutes and then walking for 1 minute for about 2.5 miles. I walked large portions of this, but my effort made the trainer happy, which made me happy.
I’ve come a long way since that first run. I have run 2 half-marathons. I have been training pretty consistently for the past 2 years. I am feeling great, sleeping well, and my confidence is much higher. I don’t really love running, but I love the way I feel when I am done.
I signed up another half-marathon and paid the fee so now I am committed. This makes me motivated to get out there for my runs. I don’t want to waste my money. I want to get a good time (for me). I am not fast, but I’m out there getting fit and reducing my stress!