For those of you who don't know, I started training to run a 5K at the beginning of the summer. I know some people who might be surprised at this since, in high school, I was very anti-running when the running applied to me. I've never had a problem with other people running (I have several friends who ran both cross-country and track in high school). It was just the concept of me running that I abhorred.
So what caused the change? There were several factors. Part of my motivation was simply to get into shape. Another was to see just how far i can go. I may have played soccer and been on the swim team and been in the colorguard in the high school marching band, but I've never been the person who goes outside just to run around.
But I digress. I feel like it was my cousin who got my butt in gear (or "get my butt moving" as a certain someone's parent would say . . .). At the beginning of the summer, my cousin invited me to a facebook group. She was trying to get a group together to do the Tough Mudder race this fall. As I looked at the website, I couldn't help thinking about how much fun it looked. The only problem was my lack of physical fitness. So, I started looking up training programs for running a 5K. And it's history.
I still can't run for too long, but I can run for a mile without stopping. Or I can run for a half hour, broken down into six-minute intervals. It's not much, but it's definitely a start.