So, I got on the treadmill and did a five minute warm up, expecting to repeat the 1.5 min/1 min intervals I did last week. I started out at an "easy" pace, thinking I would definitely speed up my next interval...or...maybe I would see how long I could keep going. Somewhere in the second minute I knew I was going to go a whole mile.
It took me 15:47 (I literally used to be able to walk that fast), but it was AWESOME and I didn't slow down at all. I mean, let's be real, it felt like a fat person running a mile, but it was AWESOME. My back felt fine and my legs felt good. I was huffing and puffing, but I DID IT! Even better - I know I'm going to do it again!! It has been well over a year since I've run a mile and to finally be able to do so again makes me feel like I may actually be able to get back to where I used to be. Like everything else in life, it's going to take time and work, but it is possible.
As discouraging as it can be to have to start out this slow, I have to remember that 1) when I first started running, I ran just as slow and 2) I've never run while weighing as much as I do now. Getting this much mass moving takes work! I don't say that to put myself down, I say it to be realistic and to remind myself that, as I get lighter, it will get easier. It is supposed to be hard. Hard burns calories, right? Hard is what makes it amazing.
I'm sure I have various life details I could add, but I think I will stop there and just bask in today's accomplishment before tackling a new one tomorrow.
**Shout out to Richard who just completed his first Ultra. Way to go!
What was your last major accomplishment?
**Also congrats to Christy who just became a Marathon Maniac.
You're both insane and inspiring!