I always envied the other girls who could run though. They always looked so graceful and so happy to be swirling around the track. I hated them.
Then today....I ran 5 miles.
This is the farthest I have ever ran in one straight workout. A complete 5.03 miles, 54 minutes & 15 seconds, a pace of 10'47"...without stopping once.
I will admit that when I got to about 2.5 miles, all I could think about was stopping. I thought "really?? I have to do this all over again pretty much?!?!". It was a mental battle that I knew I would have with myself at some point. Then I started thinking about what I've already accomplished.....running my very first 5K last October, then doing another one in November. It was about May of last year when I started the C25K program and could barely run for 30 seconds!! I did end up ditching that program and went with my own rhythm. I thought about the Rock & Roll 1/2 Marathon thats in Philadelphia this September that I am going to be running in!! 5 miles in nothing compared to that! I also thought about that gorgeous dress I found online for Valentines day and how the miles that I was running were shedding more pounds away to make me and that dress even more fabulous!!
Once I got to about the 3.5 mile, I knew the end was coming near, and I knew that I could do it!! So thanks to strong fight I put up with my mind, and the tunes that helped to carry me along the way...I got to the 5 miles I promised myself I would get to this weekend.
There's no better feeling in the world than knowing that you have accomplished something. Especially when you've always thought you couldn't. To a lot of people, 5 miles isnt much, but to me and at this time in my life, it's a mountain! I can't wait to reach my next goal...running a 10K distance.