....I am not a runner...nor have I ever been a runner....
BUT, since August I have been running 3 days a week, just to get in shape. I was feeling frumpy, and my clothes were getting tighter and tighter... I just felt nasty. So, I started going to the gym 3 days a week and running on the treadmill.
I had found a comfort zone...running on the treadmill...watching the tv in front of me, the box fan blowing cool air on me, and my ipod shuffle playing along as I ran. Running outside, in my opinion, is/was for the serious runners...you know, the ones that are good at it...and not afraid to run with the chance of other people seeing them. :)
I didn't have time to go to the gym last week, so I decided I would try to run outside...something I have tried before and didn't like...nor was I good at..
But, I took off running...and 35 minutes later, I was still running and feeling good! Two days later, I ran for 40 minutes and felt great...very happy with myself that I was able to run that long AND outside..something I could never do before.
So, my husband entered me in a race this past weekend...and it was only my 3rd time running outside!
Guess what?!?! I LOVED IT!!!!!! The course was hilly...and after it was over with, my husband informed me it was the hardest 5k I would ever run...so I am proud to say I have run in, and completed my first 5K race...with hills...not stopping...a definite personal goal of mine!!! Sure, I was slow..but I ran it!
My sweet hubby, who normally runs as fast as lighting...ran with me...gave up his chance at another winning trophy....he could probably crawl as fast as I can run, but he knew how important it was for me to complete this race, so he ran along side of me. We kinda had a "date" out there together..just us..no kids...it was one more thing we have accomplished together, and that was a great feeling! He was my motivator and cheering section the entire way..and was there to high-five me at the finish line! Such an unbelievably sweet and selfless man!
So, here we are...after the race.....YAY!