I began running a few years ago. It was the last thing I could have imagined myself doing 5 years prior as I was almost 300 pounds and could only walk one city block. At 100 pounds lighter I decided to give running a go. I down loaded the app “Couch to 5k”. I followed the instructions to a tee and at the end of the program I signed up for a 5k race. I was not running to come in first place, I was running to finish.
The morning of the race it was pouring rain. Not just a sprinkle, but a huge downpour. I decided to run anyway. The race took us through downtown Seattle and back to Queen Anne. I ran the entire race without stopping. I was soaking wet, but somehow that did not matter. I had completed my first challenge to myself.
A year later I upped the ante. I signed up for a 10k. I used the couch to 10k app this time. I like these apps because they are a walk/run program which has you running the entire distance at the end. I trained hard for this race and although I think I finished last or close to it, I ran the entire race without stopping.
This year I am challenging myself to 13.1, a half marathon. I have begun training and will be signing up for a race soon. The race gives me a goal to work towards. When I run I have more energy and the endorphins keep me in a better mood. When training I can eat almost anything I want and not gain weight, although I attempt to eat healthy. I encourage everyone to try at least a 5k to challenge yourself and stay fit.