She knew at the time that I walked a lot (and hadn't lost any weight just walking) and she encouraged me to start jogging/running. My reply was: "I can't run." She assured me I could.
I did not have an ipod or a way to download the program. So, I decided, I had nothing to lose. I had been walking for a couple of years on a regular basis with no weight loss. So, I took out on my usual country road at the ripe, ol' age of 55 and added in some short jogs/runs to my walking routine. The first time I ran a minute, I thought I had conquered the world.
When Mother's Day of that year rolled around, we signed up for a Mother's Day 5K in Kansas City. I was a little nervous since I'd only been running for about a month, but did it anyway. I was so happy to finish it and I finished it in 40:07. I was in the top third of the approximately 3,200+ runners/walkers. My daughter finished ahead of me and was waiting at the finish line to cheer me on. It was a moment I will never forget.
It is now our tradition to do this 5K every year. I continued "training" all through that summer. The first time I ran a mile without stopping, I stood along the side of the country road, jumping up and down and cheering because I had done it! I did not weigh myself all that summer. When October rolled around, I stepped on the scale only to discover I had lost 20 pounds! Needless to say, I was jumping up and down, cheering once again.
Since then I have participated in approximately 18 5K races. I kept running even through the extreme heat of the past two summers and as much as possible in the winter months. When I can't get outside because of darkness, I drag out the Wii Fit and "run" on it.
I have yet been able to run the full 3.1 miles because of breathing issues, but that is okay with me. I know my limits. I have taken 5 minutes off of my first 5K time and actually received a few medals in the smaller 5K races.
I love running/walking and look forward to it. I go five or six times a week and do 3.1 miles each time, sometimes more. And, I make sure I get in a run on New Year's Day to start off the new year right.
I know I will never be the fastest, but it gives me so much satisfaction when I finish a 5K and can start looking forward to another one!
And, last but not least, my daughter accomplished her goal and ran a 5K for her 32nd birthday!!!! She has been my inspiration!
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