Get out there and try!

What an amazing experience this past weekend! The last run I did was the BEST I’ve felt while running so far. Oddly enough, it was also the longest run I’ve ever had. NoBo is at the point now where we are running 3 minutes and walking 2 minutes and we do each 4 times. I thought I was going to have the hardest time running for 3 minutes straight, but come to find out, it wasn’t so bad after all. I had a wonderful time doing this exercise and I NEVER thought I would say that about running. 

Everything seemed perfect. My fiancé and I went out on a sunny day with a light breeze. We stretched before and stayed at a fairly even pace. I was able to focus on keeping my body relaxed and keep a straight posture. This allowed me to feel like I was on a smooth ride. I almost felt like I was in a convertible with the top down, wind blowing through my hair. Obviously I was working a little harder than that depicts, but you get it. This was the first time that I felt awesome during the run. The last 3 minute run was a toughie and I felt my legs tighten up a bit, but it was nothing compared to my last few workouts. Could it be possible that there is some progress and endurance being built here?? I think so! This taught me that even though exercising doesn’t necessarily sound thrilling, and you may doubt your abilities…get out there and try! I never would have thought I could run 12 minutes and I did it! I’m slowly working my way up to that 5k.

To anyone reading this who doubts themselves…please just get out there and try! You may be surprised at what you can do when you don’t let your brain tell you otherwise.  I have so many people come in to Fleet Feet and say “I’m JUST doing a 5k” or “I’m not a runner, but I walk a lot.” I make it a point to let them know that a 5k isn’t easy. For people just starting, 3.1 miles can be difficult, especially to run! And it doesn’t matter if you can’t run; at least you are out walking and staying active. Many people belittle their efforts in walking/running a 5k because its “just a 5k.” But I’m here to tell you that a 5k is difficult if you’ve never pushed through that before. The aches and pains, the building of strength/endurance, and getting past that mental block that tells you it’s impossible, is just as hard when training for a 5k as it is training for anything else. The point is, at least you’re trying and any step forward in your experience is progress. Don’t give up!!

Thanks for reading,

*Katie

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